Marylanders show support for marriage equality, Gonzales poll shows

Maryland Politics (The Baltimore Sun)
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September 26, 2012

Marriage equality and the Dream Act are supported by a majority of Marylanders, but voters are just about evenly split on gambling expansion, according to a new independent poll released Wednesday.

Supporters of the Dream Act are furthest ahead, with 58 percent of respondents saying they would support it, according to the survey by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies. Only 34 percent opposed.

The law would allow some illegal immigrants to pay lower, in-state tuition at Maryland colleges and universities. It passed in the General Assembly last year and was petitioned to referendum by opponents -- but since then, there's been no coordinated campaign against the law.

Supporters of marriage equality have an eight-point advantage, the poll showed. Fifty-one percent said they would vote for the law, and 43 percent said they would vote "no."

Pollster Patrick Gonzales noted a wide gap in the African-American vote, where he found that 44 percent support and 52 percent oppose. He noted that their attitudes are shifting. When he polled in January, only 33 percent of black respondents said they would vote "yes."