Poll: Marylanders Split On Casino, Favor Same-Sex Marriage, Dream Act | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Poll: Marylanders Split On Casino, Favor Same-Sex Marriage, Dream Act

Play associated audio
Maryland voters are very much split over a proposed gambling expansion for their state. They'll get the chance to vote on the ballot measure in November.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/micurs/3558336166/
Maryland voters are very much split over a proposed gambling expansion for their state. They'll get the chance to vote on the ballot measure in November.

A poll out today in Maryland shows voters are poised to approve two hot-button issues via referendum this fall, but that a third remains too close to call.

Voters surveyed for the The Gonzales research poll supported same-sex marriage by a 51 to 43 percent margin. Those same respondents also favored  the DREAM Act, which would give undocumented students in Maryland in-state tuition rates at state universities, by a margin of 58 to 34 percent. 

But the other major referendum, on the expansion of casinos and gambling in the state, is a toss-up right now according to Gonzales research president Patrick Gonzales.

"45 percent of Marylanders say they will vote for Question 7, which would expand gaming in the state," Gonzales says. "46 percent say they will vote against Question 7, with an important 9 percent undecided."

Those tight numbers are likely a result of the intense advertising battle both sides are fighting on the issue, Gonzales says, as money spent on ads for and against expanded gaming have dwarfed all other races in Maryland. 

"Advertising is having a huge impact, not only in the gaming, but when we tested the race for U.S. Senate," Gonzales says. "Where an Independent who was unknown to Maryland voters over the summer, is now running neck and neck for second place."

 

Rob Sobhani is that Independent candidate for U.S. Senate, and he has been spending heavily on televsion ads the past month. The poll shows him with 21-percent of the vote, which is 1 percent behind Republican nominee Dan Bongino. The incumbent, Democrat Ben Cardin, is far ahead of both men, with 50 percent of the vote according to those polled. The margin of error in the poll is 3.5 percent.

The poll did not look at the fourth statewide referendum that will be on Maryland voters' ballots, which if approved would reject the Congressional redistricting map state lawmakers okayed last year.

 

 

NPR

The Colorful, Blossoming D.C. Arts Scene In The 1950s, '60s

In 1965 the work of six local painters went on exhibit at the now-defunct Washington Gallery of Modern Art. The show launched a movement, and the painters' work now hangs in major museums. One of those artists, now 97, lives in Arlington, Va.
NPR

Cash For Halloween Candy? Dentists' Buyback Program Is Booming

If you're like many parents, by tomorrow morning you'll be facing a candy glut. One possible solution? Sell it to a dentist participating in a program that sends candy care packages to troops.
NPR

For This Colorado Voter, Oil And Gas Debate Plays Out On His Property

Knocking on doors in Colorado, Steve Inskeep asks Antionio Covello about the election. The successful Denver business owner, a conservative, weighs mineral rights, foreign policy and division at home.
NPR

Selfies With Bears Prompt Warning From Park Rangers

Selfies with bears are showing up on Instagram. Rangers in South Lake Tahoe have been sufficiently worried to issue a warning: Wild bears are unpredictable, and could attack. #bearselfie

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.