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Is Maryland A Southern State? Not According To Most Marylanders

BALTIMORE, Md. (WJZ) -- Is Maryland more northern or southern? The answer to that question depends on whom you ask, but most Marylanders say it's northern.

That's according to the results of a new Goucher College poll, which shows 65% of residents consider Maryland a northern state, more than double the 27% who view it as a southern state.

While the responses seem fairly cut-and-dried, the state's history is a little bit more complicated.

Maryland actually sits below the Mason-Dixon Line, which divided free states in the north from their slave-owning counterparts in the south during the Civil War era.

For decades, the state's song was James Ryder Randall's "Maryland, My Maryland," which called Abraham Lincoln a "tyrant." In May, Gov. Larry Hogan signed into law a bill scrapping the tune.

But ultimately, the consensus among residents from all walks of life -- regardless of age, gender, race, and political stance -- is that Maryland is a northern state.

Among other things, the Goucher College poll found most residents support marijuana legalization and they view Gov. Hogan in a favorable light.

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