Out soon: New poll numbers on O'Malley, slots

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Maryland politics junkies, take note: Gonzales Marketing and Research should be out with some new poll numbers soon, tracking Gov. Martin O’Malley’s job approval and gauging how voters feel about November’s slot machines referendum.

O’Malley suffered through the start of this, his second year as governor, with low public approval ratings following last year’s special session of the General Assembly, in which he raised $1.4 billion in taxes, mandated about $300 million in budget cuts and increased spending by an undetermined amount.

A series of polls released between January and March of this year showed O’Malley with job approval ratings ranging from 33 to 37 percent. (By comparison, he came into office with a 55 percent approval rating.)

The poll should also include some numbers on the referendum that would legalize up to 15,000 slot machines in Maryland. What do you think about O’Malley’s work so far as governor? About the slots referendum?

Tom LoBianco, Maryland political reporter, The Washington Times

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