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AIF poll finds support for in-state tuition to kids of undocumented workers

By a wide margin, people favor giving in-state tuition to children of undocumented workers, according to a poll commissioned by Associated Industries of Florida, one of the state’s biggest business lobbies.

By a 64-25 margin, respondents said Florida should “never punish” children of undocumented workers “for the things that their parents did wrong.”

That number is 51-37 for those who identified as “very conservative.” Legislation carrying some version of the plan has been opposed by GOP lawmakers over the past decade.

When asked if in-state tuition should be offered to children of undocumented workers “who live in Florida and graduate from a Florida High School,” respondents supported the idea by a similar 63-29 margin.

The poll was conducted by Clearview Research between Feb. 13-17. The firm polled 1,000 likely voters.

That sample consisted of 41 percent Republicans, 39 percent Democrats, and 18 percent of those who do not identify with either major party.

The sample size included 72 percent white, 14 black and 10 Hispanic.

This year, House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, said he supports an in-state tuition bill, and Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, said the issue will get a hearing in his chamber.

When asked if he would sign an in-state tuition bill, Gov. Rick Scott has only said he would “consider it.”