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Poll: Most Americans Support D.C. Vote in U.S. House

Nearly six in 10 Americans support legislation now under consideration in the Senate giving Washington, D.C., a full voting member in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. About a third of adults nationwide oppose the idea.

Support for giving the heavily Democratic city a vote peaks among Democrats, with 67 percent backing the measure. Among independents, 58 percent are supportive, as are half of all Republicans polled. Even among conservative Republicans a sizable minority (46 percent) back the measure.

Overall support is about on par with what it was in a Post-ABC poll conducted in April 2007, when 61 percent supported the measure, but as awareness of the plan has risen slightly (11 percent had no opinion then, 7 percent do so now), opposition to the plan has also climbed (28 percent opposed it then, 35 percent do now). Opposition rose nine points among Republicans, from 32 percent to 41 percent, among independents it climbed six points.

Compared to others, seniors are less apt than others to favor adding a House vote for Washington, with 49 percent in favor and 38 percent opposed. Two-thirds (66 percent) of those under age 30 support a vote for D.C., as do 58 percent of those aged 30 to 64. Men and women diverge on the issue, with 64 percent of women in favor of giving D.C. voting rights, compared with 53 percent of men. Some, but not all, of this difference is accounted for by party identification.

Regionally, residents of the Northeast (63 percent) and Midwest (61 percent) express the most support for the plan. In the West (57 percent) and South (55 percent) support lags somewhat. Closer to home, 74 percent of those polled in the District and nearby states (DE, DC, MD, VA, WV, PA) said they favor a vote for nation's capital.

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted Feb. 19-22 among a random national sample of 1,001 adults including both landline and cell phone-only respondents. Results for the full poll have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points, it is larger for subgroups.

-- Jon Cohen and Jennifer Agiesta

What do you think? Cast your vote in this (completely unscientific) poll and add your thoughts in the comments.


By Marcia Davis  |  February 24, 2009; 7:20 AM ET
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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This is just another round of delusion by the erstwhile citizens of DC. If every blessed American in the US but five favor giving DC Congressional representation, it would not matter so long as those five were all Supreme Court justices. (Unless you want to attempt to amend the Constitution, and we know how easy that is.) The USSCt has held throughout the Republic's history, that the Constitution does not give DC federal voting rights. It has rendered precedent after precedent upholding that doctrine, and I see no evidence indicating the Court will overturn those rulings.

Posted by: arosscpa | February 24, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

screw the constitution, it's time for a vote

Posted by: foobar2 | February 24, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

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