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Momentum Continues to Build for Maryland DREAM Act

New Public Opinion Poll Finds 61% Support for Question 4

A newly released poll from The Mellman Group once again confirms that Maryland voters overwhelmingly support the Maryland DREAM Act and plan to vote ‘for’ Question 4. The new poll found that 61% of voters across the state support Question 4, with only 27% opposed.  The latest poll adds to the growing momentum in favor of the Maryland DREAM Act, which will be Question 4 on the November 6 ballot.

In the last 2 weeks, both a Garin-Hart-Yang poll and a Gonzales Research poll also found strong majority support statewide for the Maryland DREAM Act. The Gonzales Research poll found 58% support, 34% opposition, and 8% undecided and the Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group found 60% support, 26% opposition, and 14% undecided.   All polls used language either directly from the ballot or the entirety of the ballot language itself.

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.

The Mellman Group poll, which used the exact ballot language for Question 4, was conducted September 22-28, 2012 and included a sample of 750 likely voters.

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 Gonzales poll, whose question language was also directly modeled on the ballot language itself, included 813 registered voters statewide and was conducted September 17-23, 2012.

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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