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Where college students stand on voter ID

Posted by: Jenna Ross Updated: June 26, 2012 - 2:17 PM

Most Minnesota college students support the proposed photo ID amendment, a new poll shows. Yet the majority of those surveyed don't have a proper ID and would not get one before November.

In a survey commissioned by the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group, about 54 percent of students said they would likely vote "yes" on the proposed constitutional amendment requiring photo identification to vote. About 34 percent of those surveyed said they were likely to vote "no."

Only 37 percent of students surveyed said they would obtain a proper ID before Election Day.

"We knew we had an uphill battle on voter ID given the seemingly innocuous nature of the question," said Josh Winters, executive director of MPIRG, in a statement. "Our next step is to educate [students] on how the voter ID amendment could negatively impact them."

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently featured the Minnesota group's campaign to encourage young people to oppose the voter ID amendment.

The poll, released Tuesday, covered other issues, including social security, health care and the proposed marriage amendment. About 73 percent said they are likely to vote "no" on the proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

About 69 percent of students surveyed said they were "very concerned" about college affordability. Another 24.5 percent said they were "somewhat concerned." Just 1.1 percent said they were "not at all concerned" about college affordability.

The University of Minnesota's Office of Measurement Services polled almost 2,400 students at nine public and private colleges and universities in the state. The margin of error is plus or minus 2 percentage points.

Let me know what you think of the results. Any surprises?

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