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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, shown speaking at a news conference in Glen Burnie last month, as a 75% approval rating in a new poll from Gonzales Research & Media Services.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, shown speaking at a news conference in Glen Burnie last month, as a 75% approval rating in a new poll from Gonzales Research & Media Services. (Amy Davis)

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan remains widely popular among Maryland voters, while President Donald Trump is still unpopular, according to a new poll.

Hogan had a 75% approval rating in a survey of likely voters released Tuesday by Gonzales Research & Media Services, an independent polling firm.

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The governor’s Republican counterpart in the White House fared poorly, with just 37% of poll respondents approving of the job Trump is doing. The poll found 61% of likely Maryland voters disapprove of the president.

Half of those polled said they support the U.S. Senate voting to remove Trump from office now that he has been impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives.

On issues facing Maryland, the top concern cited by those polled was crime, at 31%, followed by education at 16%, transportation at 11%, and taxes and corruption, at 9% each.

Though Maryland General Assembly leaders have indicated they will not pursue legalizing marijuana this year, 57% of those polled said they would support legalization of the drug for recreational use by adults. Its use currently is legal in Maryland only for medical purposes.

Gonzales questioned 838 registered Maryland voters who said they are likely to vote this year. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in the state by roughly 2 to 1. The survey, using both landlines and cellphones, was conducted from Dec. 23 to Jan. 4.

The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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