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Massachusetts Polls on English for the Children

MassInsight Education, October 19-22, 2001: 436 likely voters.

"Would you vote yes or no on the following ballot question. A proposed law that would require all public school instruction to be in English and that students not fluent in English be placed in a one-year English immersion program. Definitely or probably?"

  All 33%
DEM
14%
REP
47%
IND
7%
N/S
44%
Lib
14%
Mod
39%
Cons
47%
MEN
53%
WOM
66%
OwnsHm
Definitely Yes 61 59 60 65 48 53 54 72 61 60 63
Probably Yes 16 13 24 15 21 17 13 15 16 16 15
Total YES 77 72 84 80 69 70 67 87 77 76 78
Not sure 8 8 8 7 7 7 20 5 6 9 7
Total No 15 20 8 13 24 23 13 8 17 15 15
Probably No 7 9 5 6 14 10 5 5 8 7 7
Definitely No 8 11 3 7 10 13 8 3 9 8 8

  28%
West
16%
North
26%
Suburb
11%
Boston
20%
South
Definitely Yes 69 61 60 48 56
Probably Yes 11 13 14 28 21
Total YES 80 74 74 76 77
Not sure 8 11 6 11 8
Total No 15 15 20 13 15
Probably No 7 9 11 2 6
Definitely No 8 6 9 11 9

 

 

Public Opinion Strategies, September 21-25, 1999: 400 registered voters.

"As you may know, there is legislation proposed in Congress which would require all public school instruction to be conducted in English, and for students not fluent in English to be placed in an intensive one-year English immersion program. Do you support or oppose this legislation? Strongly or just somewhat?"

  All
Strongly Support 56
Somewhat Support 21
Total Support 77
Not Sure/Refused 7
Total Oppose 16
Somewhat Oppose 6
Strongly Oppose 10