Pollster: Majority of Maryland Voters Support DREAM Act

Democratic polling firm claims that a majority of likely voters will vote in favor of the referendum question in November.

A majority of Maryland Voters support a ballot question that would grant in-state tuition to some illegal immigrants in Maryland, according to a Democratic pollster.

A two-page memo by Washington DC-based political consultants Garin Hart Yang Research Group says the firm's polling shows that 60 percent of likely Maryland voters favor the issue known as Question 4.

Opposition to the ballot question remained stable at 26 percent compared to the last polling on the issue done by the same firm in March. Undecided voters accounted for the shift, according to the Garin Hart Yang memo.

"Question 4 enjoys strong support throughout the Maryland electorate, garnering close to three-fifths of the vote among white voters and three-fourths among African Americans. In fact, support for Question 4 is so broad that even one-third of [Mitt] Romney voters are in favor," pollster's memo states.

The memo was posted on the Educating Maryland's Kids website, a group advocating for the passage of the referendum question.

The questions were not made public. The poll queried 503 likely Maryland voters between Sept. 14 and 16 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.

The same pollster issued a memo in August citing overwhelming support for the same-sex marriage referendum question.

Garin Hart Yang Research works for a number of Democratic clients around the country including Gov. Martin O'Malley, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and former Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith.

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Christopher Kidwell October 01, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Guys, it's time to stop blaming these people for coming to America to get a better life. There is no difference, save by the stupid ass laws, between an illegal immigrant and a legal one in the real world. NONE! Wake the hell up and get off your hatred of non-white people, because speaking as a white born American.... that is what I have to say this is.
Joe October 01, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Christopher, does a nation not have the right and obligation to know who is in our country? Is the medical and criminal screening of legal aliens done for a reason and why should those who broke into our country get a pass for those checks?
CB9678 October 01, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Just a bill legal immagrint children already get instate tution because they are residents of Maryland! An illegal immigrant is not a resident of the state. Secondly do you have a problem with the less restrictive laws that have existed in Texas, Kansas and Nebraska for about 10 years?
Bryan P. Sears February 06, 2013 at 10:52 PM
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Polly February 07, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Thanks Bryan, I was going to flag it but had computer issues.


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