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Second Poll Finds Strong Majority Support for Maryland DREAM Act

Gonzales Research Poll Corroborates Findings of Last Week’s Garin-Hart-Yang Survey

A newly released poll from independent, Annapolis-based polling firm Gonzales Research confirms the findings from the poll released last week by Educating Maryland Kids—Maryland voters overwhelmingly support the Maryland DREAM Act and plan to vote ‘for’ Question 4. The new Gonzales Research poll found 58% support, 34% opposition, and 8% undecided. The poll commissioned by EMK and conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group found 60% support, 26% opposition, and 14% undecided.

Maryland voters will decide on the Maryland DREAM Act on November 6 by either voting ‘for’ Question 4 to uphold the law or ‘against’ Question 4 to overturn the law, which was passed by the Maryland legislature in 2011 and signed into law by Governor O’Malley. The Maryland DREAM Act would ensure that all students who graduated from Maryland high schools and whose families pay Maryland taxes are able pay in-state tuition at Maryland colleges and universities, regardless of immigration status.

“This latest poll confirms what we’d already seen. A majority of Maryland voters support the Maryland DREAM Act and want to make sure all students are treated fairly and able to pursue their dreams, ” said Travis Tazelaar, campaign manager for Educating Maryland Kids. “We are continuing to build on this significant momentum and are confident that Marylanders will vote for education, opportunity, and fairness on November 6 by voting ‘for’ Question 4.”

The Garin-Hart-Yang poll asked, “Question Four establishes that individuals, including undocumented immigrants, are eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at community colleges in Maryland, provided the student meets certain conditions relating to attendance and graduation from a Maryland high school, filing of income taxes, intent to apply for permanent residency, and registration with the selective service. This referendum also extends the time in which honorably discharged veterans may qualify for in-state tuition rates.” (The Garin-Hart-Yang poll included 503 likely voters statewide and was conducted September 14-16, 2012. The poll memo is available here: http://educatingmarylandkids.org/dream-act-polling-memo/)

The Gonzales poll included 813 registered voters statewide and was conducted September 17-23, 2012. More information on the poll is available here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/maryland-politics/post/poll-md-divided-on-gambling-favors-gay-marriage-and-dream-act/2012/09/25/94735966-0752-11e2-afff-d6c7f20a83bf_blog.html

To be eligible for the Maryland DREAM Act, students must not only graduate from a Maryland high school and pay Maryland taxes but they also must start at a community college and attend for 2 years or attain 60 credits before transferring to a four-year public college or university in the state. When they apply to a four-year institution, they’ll be considered in the pool with out-of-state applicants, so there is no competition between native-born Maryland students and DREAM Act students for spots.

Educating Maryland Kids, the coalition working to protect the Maryland DREAM Act, is comprised of faith-based, education, civil rights, and labor organizations including SEIU, the Maryland State Education Association, Maryland IAF, Maryland Catholic Conference, NAACP, and CASA de Maryland.

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