Gallup posed the question to Americans in early December- Suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Please tell me whether you would vote for or against a law that would do each of the following. Would you vote for or against a law that would—
There is some question as to how familiar Americans are with the details of the DREAM Act. The legislation has not received as much attention as other issues Congress is dealing with, such as the extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. The poll however does indicate that Americans immediate response to a proposal similar to the DREAM Act are more positive than negative.
The U.S. Senate delayed a scheduled vote Thursday on the bill because Senate leaders did not have the votes necessary to pass it. Its fate is now uncertain as the end of the lame-duck session nears.
Congressional supporters, including most Democrats, see the bill as an opportunity for young adults who have proven to be productive members of society to gain legal status. Opponents, including most Republicans, are concerned that the legislation would grant amnesty to those here illegally and may encourage more illegal immigration in the future.
In a November USA Today/Gallup poll show that Americans placed a lower priority on immigration legislation than other issues being considered for the lame duck session.