Morning Consult survey deceives about DREAMers (Cameron Easley)

At Morning Consult, Cameron Easley blogs "Poll: Trump’s Decision on Dreamers Is a Popular One - Even Among His Base" [1]. That conclusion is based on an immigration poll that offered respondents a false choice. It might be comforting to supporters of massive/illegal immigration to think that most people agree with them, but that's only obtained through deception.

The question that was asked was:

As you may know, "Dreamers" are young people who were brought to the United States illegally when they were children, often with their parents. Which of the following do you think is the best way to handle Dreamers?

The three choices offered were "Allow them to become citizens", "Allow them to stay", and "Deport them".

Are those truly the only three choices? In fact, there are other options that weren't asked, such as not giving them anything (such as reduced tuition) but not actively seeking to deport them. Another option is a repatriation program: offering incentives for them to return home but not actively seeking to deport them.

The question is also somewhat deceptive because some versions of the DREAM Act have covered "young people" and "children" as old as in their thirties.

The question is also very deceptive in the context of how the DREAM Act is presented to most people. Few people are probably aware of how it would harm both U.S. workers and students, and also foreign countries. For that, see the DREAM Act page.

If you need a "push poll", Morning Consult is great. If you want to find out what people really think, construct a poll with real questions and real answers.

Please tweet @cameron_easley with your thoughts.

[1] morningconsult . com/2017/06/16/poll-trumps-decision-dreamers-popular-one-even-among-base/