Voting finds support for lifting COVID-19 restrictions
Voting finds support for lifting COVID-19 restrictions

Voting finds support for lifting COVID-19 restrictions

Most Maryland residents are ready to move on from COVID-related restrictions, according to a new Goucher poll released Tuesday.

A majority of respondents – 44% – said their local governments are moving at the right pace when it comes to rolling back COVID-related rules. Another quarter said the changes were going too slowly.

The vote was taken the first week of March, and the mask mandates were lifted.

“A majority of Marylanders, I think, want to see some sort of return to normality and the lifting of these finite restrictions,” said Mileah Kromer, who is leading the vote as director of the Sarah T. Hughes Center for Politics at Goucher College. “But still, almost 30% of people are a little hesitant – say they think things are going a little too fast.”

The proportion of people who said they were worried about getting COVID-19 or that their family members were getting COVID-19 dropped to 53% from 59% in October and 71% a year ago.

Overall, the vast majority of respondents said they approve of how their state and local leaders have handled the COVID-19 pandemic. The highest marks went to local health departments with 71% approval ratings, closely followed by Governor Larry Hogan with 70% and the state Department of Health with 68%.


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