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New Battleground Poll Shows Voters Support Dream Act, Would Blame Republicans for Government Shutdown

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New PPP Poll Shows 54% of Voters in Swing Republican House Districts Would Blame Republicans for Any Government Shutdown; 68% Support Dream Act

A new poll by Public Polling Policy (PPP) of twenty-five battleground House districts currently held by Republicans found:

  • 68% of voters support the Dream Act;
  • 63% oppose a government shutdown;
  • 54% would blame Donald Trump and Republicans for any government shutdown
  • Democrats have a +9% advantage on the generic ballot

The poll was taken December 5 and 6 in AZ-2, CA-10, CA-25, CA-39, CA-45, CA-48, CA-49, CO-6, FL-26, FL-27, IA-1, IL-6, MI-11, NJ-2, NJ-11, NY-19, NY-22, PA-6, PA-7, PA-8, PA-15, TX-7, TX-23, VA-10, WA-8.

You can see the poll, which was commissioned by America’s Voice and MoveOn.org here

Said Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice:

The Republican party controls the White House, the Senate and the U.S. House. If they force a shutdown, voters will blame them and rightly so. If they want to keep the federal government open and need Democratic votes to do it, then they will have to negotiate a bipartisan deal on the spending package that includes Democratic priorities, including the Dream Act. This shouldn’t be difficult since voters strongly support the Dream Act with a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. In fact, these findings make it clear that Trump and Republican leaders might want to rethink their maniacal focus on the hardcore base and understand that they are hanging their more moderate members out to dry in doing so.

Said Anna Galland, Executive Director of MoveOn.org Civic Action:

It is now crystal clear that voters, even in Republican-held districts, want Congress to pass the Dream Act and keep the government open. There is a short window to get this done before the end of the year, and every day that goes by, more members of our communities are losing their legal protections and facing the threat of being deported away from their schools, jobs, families, and communities. It is past time for Republicans in Congress and Donald Trump to stop playing political games and work with Democrats to pass the Dream Act, instead of threatening to shut down our government over DACA. If they do not, they will face the consequences, including in battleground 2018 districts.

Said Adrian Reyna, Director of Membership for United We Dream:

Every day without the Dream Act, 122 DACA recipients lose status and face the perils of deportation. Two million immigrant youth are dangling in limbo, after Trump’s callous move to end the successful DACA program. We are living with a level of anxiety most Americans could not have imagined as a high schooler, college student, or young working parent. Our country is facing a moral crisis here, and Congress has no excuse to hold off any longer on fixing it. Immigrant youth shouldn’t have to spend our holidays in fear.