Wednesday, November 6, 2013

POLL RESULTS: Maryland Gubernatorial Candidates' Name ID, Minimum Wage Hike & Pension Funding for State Employees

Goucher College released the results of a new poll today on various items of interest to Maryland politicos. Their survey results (below) highlight the current name id of gubernatorial candidates and show where voters are on issues ranging from the minimum wage to pension funding:
Name Recognition of Maryland Gubernatorial Candidates
  • 62 percent recognize “Anthony Brown”
  • 58 percent recognize “Doug Gansler”
  • 49 percent recognize “Dutch Ruppersberger”
  • 31 percent recognize “David Craig”
  • 23 percent recognize “Charles Lollar”
  • 22 percent recognize “Ron George”
  • 13 percent recognize “Heather Mizeur” 
MINUMUM WAGE #1: As you may know, the minimum wage in Maryland is $7.25 per hour. Would you [support or oppose] raising the state minimum wage to $10 per hour?
  • Support: 70 percent 
  • Oppose: 27 percent
MINUMUM WAGE #2: Would you [support or oppose] raising the state minimum wage to $10 per hour?
  • Support: 74 percent 
  • Oppose: 24 percent
PENSION #1: I’d like to ask you two questions about pensions. In Maryland, retired state employees receive an average annual pension of about $12,000 per year. Do you think the average pension for a retired Maryland state employee is [too little, too much, or about the right amount]?
  • Too Little: 59 percent
  • About the Right Amount: 26 percent
  • Too Much: 4 percent Don’t Know: 9 percent
PENSION #2: Next, I’d like to ask you two questions about pensions. Do you think the average pension for a retired Maryland state employee is [too little, too much, or about the right amount]?
  • Too Little: 36 percent
  • About the Right Amount: 21 percent
  • Too Much: 11 percent
  • Don’t Know: 31 percent
PENSION #3: Sixty-seven percent of respondents agreed that all Maryland workers, not just those employed by the state or local governments, should have a pension, while 28 percent disagreed.

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