Archived Polls

Spring 2017

Topics include Governor Hogan approval ratings, perceptions of President Trump and his influence on Maryland politics, and statewide policy issues.

Press Advisory (PDF)

Press Release and Poll Results #1 (PDF) (Popularity of President, Senators, and U.S. Congress)

Press Release and Poll Results #2 (PDF) (Views toward Larry Hogan, Maryland General Assembly, and the direction of the State; Governor Hogan and the "Trump Effect"; Time Spent Addressing National Politics and President Trump's Executive Actions; Paid Sick Leave and the Minimum Wage; Other Statewide Policy Issues-Legalization of Marijuana, Redistricting, Fracking, Education Funding, and Transportation Focus)

Fall 2016

The Goucher Poll asked likely Maryland voters for their opinions regarding candidates for the US Senate race to replace retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski, and regarding candidates in the US Presidential race.  Likely voters were also asked about their frequency of political conversation and how many of their close friends were Republicans or Democrats.

Field Dates:  September 17 to 20, 2016

Press Release and Poll Results (PDF) (Senate and Presidential Candidates, political conversations and friends)

Press Release and Poll Results #2 (PDF) (Gov. Hogan popularity, fracking, Post-Labor Day school start, divided government, Zika virus, Pres. Obama popularity)


Spring 2016

The Goucher Poll asked Maryland residents for their perceptions of Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland General Assembly; trust in state government; the most important issue facing and the direction of the state; Maryland as a place to live, work, and retire; transportation priorities; redistricting; marijuana; education funding; proposal to fund the removal of vacant buildings in Baltimore City; views of the Maryland Democratic Party and Maryland Republican Party; perceptions toward women in public office and communities and their police. Goucher Poll also asked likely Democratic voters for their opinions about the Democratic Presidential and Senatorial primaries.

Field Dates:  February 13 to February 17, 2016

Press Release and Poll Results (PDF) (Gov. Hogan and Maryland)

Press Release #2 and Poll Results (PDF) (Democratic Presidential and Senatorial Primaries)


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

Press Release and Poll Results (PDF)

Press Release #2 and Poll Results-Democratic Primary (PDF)

AAPOR Transparency Initiative Compliance


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.

Field Dates: February 15th-19th 2015
Press Release (PDF) 


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.

Press Release (PDF)

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.

Media Advisory Fall 2014 (PDF)
Press Release #1 (PDF)
Press Release #2 (PDF)


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.

Press Release #1 (PDF)
Press Release #2 (PDF)
Press Release #3 (PDF)


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.

Press Release #1 (PDF)
Press Release #2 (PDF)

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. 

Press Release (PDF)
Full Executive Report (PDF)


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.

Press Release #1 (PDF)
Press Release #2 (PDF)
Press Release #3 (PDF)


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.

Press Release #1 (PDF)
Press Release #2 (PDF)