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Here are the two most recent polls I was referring to.
1. The most recent DREAM poll was conducted by Lake Research partners from October 31st-November 2nd, 2010 and showed 66% overall support for the DREAM Act among American voters (81% Democrats, and 57% among Republicans). The following description of the bill (also included in the attached memo) was used:
"Congress is considering a proposal known as the DREAM Act. This bill provides illegal immigrant
students who were brought here as young children with the opportunity to earn permanent legal resident
status if they meet certain requirements. To earn legal status, students must have been brought to the
U.S. when they were very young, lived here for at least five years, stayed out of trouble, earned a high
school diploma or GED, and completed at least two years of college or military service."
2. The Rasmussen poll was released this past September. It is important to note that they asked separate questions about the two options for earned citizenship within the DREAM Act--the first option of higher education received 52% support among voters and the second of military service (78% favoring). (Questions are below). Here is also a link to an article: http://washingtonindependent.com/98160/rasmussen-voters-support-idea-of-dream-act
Toplines - Dream Act - September 16-17, 2010
National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted September 16-17, 2010
By Rasmussen Reports
1* How closely have you followed recent stories about the Dream Act and immigration reform?
38% Very closely
37% Somewhat closely
20% Not very closely
4% Not at all
1% Not sure
2* Suppose a child is brought into the United States illegally by his or her parents. Should the local government be required to provide a public school education for that child?
15% Not sure
3* If a child is brought illegally into the United States and later completes two years of college, should that child be given a chance to obtain citizenship in the United States?
12% Not sure
4* If a child is brought illegally into the United States and later serves honorably in the United State military, should that child be given a chance to obtain citizenship in the United States?
8% Not sure
5* If it is possible for children of illegal immigrants to gain citizenship by attending college, will that encourage more people to enter the United States illegally?
18% Not sure
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence
3. The 2004 poll (showing 59% of American voter approval) was conducted by the National Immigration Law Center. I can get you a copy of the memo if you would like to see how the questions were asked.
Ultimately, you will see that poll after poll shows that the American public sees the DREAM Act as a common sense piece of legislation when they understand the bill's provisions. While I would contend that it a fact that an undocumented youth cannot fully contribute to society without legal status, this is clearly a moot point as far as how the DREAM Act polls.
Let me know if you have any further questions. I can also refer you to people at America's Voice, although I don't have contacts at Rasmussen.
Wendy D. Cervantes
Vice President, Immigration and Child Rights Policy
Washington, DC 20005