The New York Times' Coverage of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's varied successes during 2015 had drew from the results of the Washington Post-UMD Poll, conducted jointly with the Washington Post and the Center for American Politics and Citizenship.
The article, "One Governor's Extraordinary Year," spoke specifically about the Governor's approval ratings being anomalous as a Republican governor in a historically Democratic stronghold.
"Roughly 25 percent of Maryland’s voters are registered as Republicans, while 55 percent are registered as Democrats, with the rest in a third party or unaffiliated. But a poll by The Washington Post and the University of Maryland last month showed that 62 percent of the state’s registered voters approved of Hogan’s job performance. Just 20 percent disapproved. Among Democrats, his disapproval rating was higher — 28 percent — but it was still dwarfed by an approval rating of 54 percent."
The article also delved into Governor Hogan's cancer diagnosis and the way that it affected public perceptions of him, the diversity of his staff and family, and the ways that he effects change in a bipartisan manner.
The Washington Post-UMD Poll is an innovative tool designed to provide academics, students and members of the public with insight into both key races and the issues that matter to Maryland voters.