Morning Read: New Poll Finds Marylanders Favor Gay Marriage, Split on Gambling

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Maryland may not be a swing state, but there’s still a lot at stake on the state’s ballot in November.

The legalization of same-sex marriages, the expansion of gambling, and the granting of in-state college tuition to qualified illegal immigrants will all be decided at the polls.

A new poll by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies found that a majority of Marylanders support Gov. O’Malley’s legislation to legalize same-sex marriages in the state. Fifty-one percent said they would vote to uphold his law, while 43 percent would vote against it.

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State residents are evenly split on the issue of gambling. Forty-five percent of voters said they would vote to expand gambling in the state (specifically to allow table games and a sixth casino site), while 46 percent would vote against it. Nine percent are still undecided.

The state is overwhelmingly in favor of the Dream Act, which would allow undocumented students to pay in-state college tuition prices, assuming they graduated from a state high school and their parents pay state taxes. Fifty-eight percent said they would vote to uphold the Dream Act and 34 percent said they would vote to strike it down.

The poll has a margin of error of 3.5 percent. See the full results here (via Maryland Reporter).


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