The DREAM Act and Marin newspaper poll takers

I certainly wouldn’t want to read too much into this, but I find interesting the current results (as of noon today) in this completely unscientific poll from the Marin Independent Journal, a local paper that serves the heart of liberal land:

Marin IJ poll results re immigration
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  1. Charles Martel says

    I would take this with a grain of salt. It’s easy for one group or another—”progressives” or conservatives—to load an IJ poll.

    That said, the phrasing of the question is interesting: It asks about students who have entered the U.S. illegally, under their own power. In which case, even a progressive would see the immorality of using taxpayer money to reward a criminal act. But if the IJ had asked “students whose parents had entered the U.S. illegally,” I think the response would have been weighted much more heavily toward “yes.”

  2. kali says

    Charles, I wonder what the response would be if the poll question were formulated this way: “students whose parents had entered the U.S. illegally be eligible for state aid, and this is paid for by an increase in your tuition and decrease in class offerings . . .”

  3. Charles Martel says

    kali, great question but it would never happen. The people who write the IJ, and many of the people who read it, don’t think in terms of “externalities” when it comes to feel good.

  4. Mike Devx says

    Charles Martel: But if the IJ had asked “students whose parents had entered the U.S. illegally,” I think the response would have been weighted much more heavily toward “yes.”

    What a deceptively phrased question that would be!!!   The responders’ yes/no percentages should stay exactly the same, but I have my doubts…

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