A new poll released today from Goucher College finds Marylanders split on whether they trust the federal government to act in the public interest.
When asked how often they trust the federal government to act in the public interest, 51 percent of Marylanders reported “very little” or “none of the time” while 47 percent said they can trust the federal government “some” or “all of the time.”
Also, according to the Goucher Poll, President Barack Obama’s approval rating has fallen slightly in the past five months, but more Marylanders hold Congressional Republicans responsible for the recent sequester budget cuts to federal spending.
Fifty-six percent of Marylanders maintain a favorable view of the president, down from a 60 percent approval rating measured by Goucher five months ago. Thirty-eight percent disapprove of his job performance.
Similarly, 51 percent of Marylanders view Sen. Barbara Mikulski favorably, while 23 percent view her unfavorably, according to the poll. Sen. Ben Cardin received a 41 percent favorable rating, with 22 percent viewing him unfavorably, and 36 percent indicating they “don’t know” how to rate the senator.
According to the Goucher Poll, 37 percent of Marylanders hold Congressional Republicans responsible for the sequester budget cuts to federal spending that began March 1. Twenty percent hold President Obama responsible, 22 percent hold all of Congress and President Obama equally responsible, and 14 percent hold all of Congress, but not President Obama responsible.
Two-thirds of Marylanders, 67 percent, reported that they were familiar with the sequester.
“Marylanders are paying attention to and are concerned about the sequester,” said Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center in a statement accompanying the press release from Goucher College. “With such a large proportion of the Maryland economy tied directly to federal government expenditures and funding — whether it be through defense spending, biotech research, or simply employment in a government agency — it is no wonder three-quarters of Marylanders believe the sequester will have a negative impact on the state’s economy.”
From the Goucher Poll:
“The poll, conducted March 3-7, surveyed a dual-frame (landlines and cell phones) random sample of 791 Maryland residents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.48 percentage points. The sample is of all Maryland residents and does not restrict by registered or likely voters.”