With less than two months to go before Election Day, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has increased his already large lead over Democratic challenger Ben Jealous, according to a new poll from Goucher College.
In a survey the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center conducted Tuesday to Sunday of Maryland voters, Hogan led Jealous by 22 percentage points — 54 percent to 32 percent.
Nine percent of voters surveyed were undecided, while Libertarian Shawn Quinn and Green Party candidate Ian Schlakman each polled at 1 percent.
About three-fourths of voters said they were set on their candidate, while about one-fourth said they were open to changing their minds.
“The Jealous strategy has been to bolster turnout among progressives, but they’re running the risk of losing the middle of the electorate,” said Mileah Kromer, director of the Hughes Center. “If you look at the electorate there’s a significant portion of moderates and centrists. Hogan is capturing them right now. Even moderate Democrats are breaking for Hogan.”
Marylanders continue to give Republican Gov. Larry Hogan high marks for his management of the state, but they also support several key initiatives of his Democratic challenger, Ben Jealous, according to a new Goucher College poll.
Hogan led Jealous among Republicans (91 percent to 1 percent) and independents (57 percent to 17 percent). Jealous led Hogan among Democrats (48 percent to 38 percent).
Hogan led in every region of the state, including the Democratic stronghold of the Washington suburbs, where 45 percent of respondents preferred him to 40 percent for Jealous.
Voters surveyed said the most important issue of the election for them was the economy and jobs (25 percent), followed by education; racial and social justice issues, and concerns over Republican President Donald Trump (13 percent each).
Voters said they trusted Hogan more than Jealous to handle the state’s biggest issues, including the economy (66 percent to 23 percent); education (51 percent to 36 percent); and health care (51 percent to 35 percent).