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Poll: Voters prefer full Dream Act to Rubio's version

image_thumb3.jpgVoters prefer the full Dream Act to the stripped down version being crafted by Sen. Marco Rubio, according to a new Latino Decisions poll.

The survey found 87 percent of Latinos strongly or somewhat supported the full version, which creates a path to citizenship, while 49 percent supported Rubio's, which would give some children of illegal immigrants nonimmigrant visas but not a  path to citizenship. They would have to get in line like anyone else, Rubio says, in an attempt to counter "amnesty" criticism.

Among non-Latinos, 62 percent like the full Dream Act, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, while 47 percent like Rubio's.

"So after hearing each of these two versions of the DREAM Act on their own, we asked respondents to compare the two versions and tell us which, if any they preferred more," the poll reads. "Among Latinos, 82% said they preferred the (full) DREAM Act to only 13% who preferred the Rubio DREAM Act. Likewise, non-Latinos sided with the original version of the bill over the newer alternative that is being discussed by a margin of 61% to 27%."

The poll also confirmed other surveys showing Barack Obama with a huge lead over Mitt Romney, with 66% of Latino registered voters certain or leaning towards Obama and 23% certain or leaning towards Romney.

More on the methodology here. Rubio advocates will likely find reason to fault the way his plan was described. A critic of the poll also notes the lack of a partisan breakdown.

[Last modified: Friday, June 8, 2012 8:55am]


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