NAACP BATTLEGROUND POLL: Africans Americans Support Marriage Equality & DREAM Act

(WASHINGTON)— According to the National Association for the advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) election eve battleground state poll African Americans show strong support for the civil rights of other Americans, including the DREAM Act and Marriage Equality.

A full 93% of respondents favor the Dream Act, which would provide an opportunity for undocumented youth to seek US citizenship (71% strongly, 21% somewhat). In national polling, only Latinos come close to this level of support. 

In addition, 80% of our respondents support comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship, with a majority (53%) strongly favoring this policy.

The data also found majority support for marriage equality for gays and lesbians. When asked about a constitutional right to marry, African American voters favor this 50%, and only 40% opposed. Support climbs to 57% in favor of marriage equality when specific religious protections are in place, as is the case in the ballot initiatives that will come up in Maryland, Maine and Washington State. In this case, only 31% opposed.

The NAACP will release key data from the poll throughout the day and will release the horse race results as polls come to a close.

Latest Data Released:

The NAACP battleground poll interviewed 1,600 African American voters who have already voted, or were certain to vote in the November 6, 2012 presidential election.  Interviews were conducted via telephone with live callers from November 1-5, 2012. For the 4 individual states (Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Georgia), a minimum of 400 interviews were completed to provide state-specific reliable estimates, and each state is weighted to reflect the known Census demographics for African American voters. The combined four state sample carries an overall margin of error of 2.5%, while each individual state carries a margin of error of 4.9%. Interviewing was administered and overseen by Pacific Market Research.

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