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Hogan’s Md. Popularity Not Enough to Top Trump: Poll

Marylanders largely approve of Gov. Larry Hogan’s job performance, but voters in the state would choose President Donald Trump if the two faced in next year’s Republican presidential primary, according to results of a new poll.

The poll, conducted by Arnold, Maryland-based Gonzales Research & Media Services, found that 75 percent of Marylanders support Hogan’s job performance, with about 60 percent saying the state “is going in the right direction” with him in charge.

The sentiment is mostly the same among Black and white voters in the state, the poll found.

But 68 percent of Maryland conservative voters would choose Trump over Hogan in a hypothetical 2020 matchup. About 24 percent would vote for Hogan.

“Hogan is that rare Republican who has broad acceptance among Democrats and independents,” Patrick Gonzales, who runs the polling firm, said in the poll released May 9. “However, his expansive appeal does not seem to translate against Trump in a GOP presidential primary.”

Overall, 59 percent of Marylanders voters still don’t approve of Trump’s job as president. Among Black voters, the number reaches 84 percent.

About 80 percent of African-American voters also think Congress should begin the impeachment process to remove Trump from office. In terms of white voters, 75 percent said the process shouldn’t begin.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said such measures could divide Democrats, though some progressives and left-leaning activists continue to push for it to happen.

However, Pelosi maintains that the recently released report from special counsel Robert Mueller doesn’t put to bed the issue of alleged collusion in the 2016 election between Trump and Russia.

“The special counsel report laid out eleven instances of the president’s obstruction and left a raft of unanswered questions about coordination between the president’s campaign and Russia,” Pelosi tweeted May 7. “These are not trivial or political questions – they go to the wellspring of our democracy.”

About 64 percent of Marylanders in the Gonzales poll said Mueller’s report was “fair and objective,” compared to 22 percent who said it wasn’t.

Among party affiliation, 75 percent of independent voters and 72 percent of Republicans believe Mueller was objective. Approximately 57 percent of Democrats agreed.

The majority of two age groups — 55 and younger and 55 and older — believe the report was “fair and objective,” with the numbers for both groups exceeding 62 percent.

The poll, which surveyed 826 likely voters between April 29 and May 4, has a margin of error of plus/minus 3.5 percent.

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