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Statewide Poll: The Arts in Maryland

Statewide Poll: The Arts in Maryland


Statewide Poll: The Arts in Maryland

At 81%, Marylanders overwhelmingly agree that “a vibrant arts community makes Maryland a better place to live,” according to a new statewide public opinion survey released today by the MSAC.  According to the results, two out of three Marylanders say the state should encourage and promote artistic expression and access to the arts, with top priorities including art and creativity in communities, exposure to the arts in schools and opportunities for artists to be successful. View press release


Key data points from the survey include:

  • The Public strongly believes that the State of Maryland should “encourage and promote artistic expression and access to the arts.” Two-thirds of Marylanders (68%) think the State should play that role.
  • The public in Maryland places an extremely high priority on bringing children in contact with the arts. 87% of Marylanders want art to be a core subject in school like science, technology, engineering and math.
  • Marylanders express a deep appreciation and pride for the presence of art and artists in their communities. 86% would like Maryland to be known as a state where artists can be successful; and 72% said, “My life is made more interesting by the arts.”
  • The arts promote cultural connections. 60% of Marylanders agree that “Artistic expression keeps me in touch with my cultural identity.” 
  • Arts are a key asset in the workplace. One-third or workers in Maryland feel they employ a creative discipline as part of their work.
  • Maryland has a strong artist presence. A quarter of Marylanders consider themselves artists, with instrumental music being the most common pursuit of self-described artists (31%), followed by writing (15%) and dance (13%).

The statewide survey was conducted by OpinionWorks, an Annapolis-based research and strategy firm. OpinionWorks conducted a telephone survey of 800 randomly selected Maryland adults from May 8-12, 2013 with a questionnaire that averaged 9 minutes in length. According to customary statistical standards, this statewide sample produces a margin of error of no more than ±3.5% at a 95% confidence level. This means that the true results would differ from the survey by no more than that amount in at least 19 out of 20 cases, if every adult resident of the state had been interviewed. To read the full report, visit