Fall 2015

The Goucher Poll asked Maryland residents for their perceptions of elected officials and institutions; Governor Hogan's handling of key statewide issues; the most important issues facing Maryland, the direction of the state, and their personal financial situation; redistricting; the proposed post-Labor Day start to public schools; marijuana; confederate memorials; immigration; communities and their police; and attention paid to the events surrounding the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore City.  
Field Dates: September 26th-30th 2015


Spring 2015 Poll

The Goucher Poll asked Maryland residents for their perspectives regarding perceptions of elected officials and institutions; most important issues and direction of the state; redistricting; state budgetary priorities; potential presidential runs of Martin O'Malley, Bob Ehrlich, and Ben Carson; key environmental issues, including fracking, the "rain tax," and sources of pollution; transportation issues, including support for the Red and Purple Lines; and other issues being considered by the Maryland General Assembly.


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Field Dates: February 15th-19th 2015


Fall 2014 "Polling for the Public Good" Series: Maryland State Parks

In addition to its regular release of data that reflect the most pressing statewide issues, the Goucher Poll also works with community partners in the "Polling for the Public Good" series. Through partnerships with government and nonprofit entities, additional questions are included in the poll to shed light on issues that provide collective benefits to Marylanders. These poll data are the result of a collaborative research project with the Maryland Park Service on resident perceptions of Maryland state parks.

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Field Dates: Sept. 28th - Oct. 2nd

The Fall 2014 Goucher Poll will survey Maryland residents on several key environmental issues, as well perceptions of elected officials, political parties, and other items.

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Spring 2014 Poll

Field Dates: March 2-6 2014

Issues covered in this poll include: marijuana; minimum wage; anti-discrimination bill; campaign finance; gubernatorial race; healthcare; and perceptions of public officials.

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Fall 2013 Poll

Field Dates: October 27-31 2013

Important issues covered in this poll include: approval ratings of President Barack Obama, Congress, Governor Martin O'Malley, and political parties; name recognition and preferred characteristics of Maryland gubernatorial candidates; direction and economic conditions of the state; the new health care law; minimum wage and state pensions; gay marriage; gun laws; immigration; and marijuana.

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Fall 2013 "Polling for the Public Good" Series: Maryland State Parks

In addition to its regular release of data that reflect the most pressing statewide issues, the Goucher Poll also works with community partners in the "Polling for the Public Good" series. Through partnerships with government and nonprofit entities, additional questions are included in the poll to shed light on issues that provide collective benefits to Marylanders. These poll data are the result of a collaborative research project with the Maryland Park Service on resident perceptions of Maryland state parks. 

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Spring 2013 Poll

Field Dates: March 3-7 2013

Important statewide issues that will be covered in this latest poll include: approval ratings of President Barack Obama, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Senator Ben Cardin, Governor Martin O'Malley, Congress, and the Maryland General Assembly; trust in government; direction of the state; transportation issues, including transportation projects and speed cameras; gun control; the death penalty; and hydraulic fracturing/fracking.

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Fall 2012 Poll

Field Dates: October 21-25 2012

The first Goucher Poll surveyed Maryland citizens on several key issues including gambling, gay marriage, immigration, state spending and taxation, and general evaluations of public officials.

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