Goucher poll: Marylanders become less concerned about the spread of COVID-19
Goucher poll: Marylanders become less concerned about the spread of COVID-19

Goucher poll: Marylanders become less concerned about the spread of COVID-19

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Marylanders continue to diverge ideologically when it comes to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new Goucher survey results released Tuesday morning.

Overall, nationals are divided in their degree of concern for themselves or a close family member receiving COVID-19. 53 percent are “very” or “somewhat” worried, and 47% are “not at all” or “a little” worried.

At this point last year, 71% of residents were “very” or “somewhat” worried.

Democrats and non-aligned voters remain more concerned about the proliferation: 59% of Democrats and 51% of independents said they were very or slightly concerned, compared to 39% of Republicans.

That Goucher College poll surveyed 635 Maryland adults, including 593 registered voters, from March 1 to 6 and has a margin of error of about 3.9 percentage points.

The survey also found that a majority of residents, 44%, support the pace of lifting pandemic-related restrictions in the state as “about right.” Twenty-eight percent of residents believe the pace of ending all restrictions in their local jurisdiction is moving “too fast,” and 25 percent say it’s going “too slow.”

Divided by party, 36% of Democrats said restrictions were lifted too quickly, compared to 11% of Republicans. And 44% of Republicans said restrictions were lifted too slowly, compared to 13% of Democrats.

“As we enter the third year of the pandemic, our results suggest that Marylanders are ready to return to ‘normality’ and support their local jurisdictions in ending the remaining mandates and restrictions,” said Mileah Kromer, director of Sarah T. Hughes Center for Politics at Goucher College. “Getting COVID-19 remains a concern for many Marylanders, but the level of concern has waned.”

State residents generally endorsed the way state and local leaders have handled the pandemic. Local health departments (71%) and Governor Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (70%) obtained the highest approval.

Republicans and Democrats diverged on their approval of “Democrats in the General Assembly,” with 77% of Democrats approving legislators’ handling, compared to 28% of Republicans. Residents were also divided in their assessments of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: two-thirds of Democrats approved actions by the CDC, compared to only 34% of Republicans.

The effect of climate change

The polls also asked residents what impact they believe climate change has had on the environment, the economy and health:

Rising sea levels and retreat coastlines

  • Big impact: 55 percent
  • Minor impact: 27 percent
  • No impact: 13 percent

Wildlife and ecosystems

  • Big impact: 54 percent
  • Minor impact: 27 percent
  • No impact: 14 percent

Extreme weather, such as floods, hurricanes or long periods of unusually hot weather

  • Big impact: 54 percent
  • Minor impact: 26 percent
  • No impact: 18 percent

The fishing or agricultural industry

  • Big impact: 46 percent
  • Minor impact: 29 percent
  • No impact: 15 percent

Air quality

  • Big impact: 38 percent
  • Minor impact: 41 percent
  • No impact: 18 percent

Human health

  • Big impact: 40 percent
  • Minor impact: 40 percent
  • No impact: 16 percent

The issues of climate change also showed an ideological split: between 25% and 34% of Republicans said that climate change had no impact on any of the areas surveyed, compared to 8% to 10% of Democrats who answered the same.

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