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Most Americans Oppose D.C. Vote Bill, Support Retrocession

by @ 8:47 am on March 3, 2009. Filed under D.C. Statehood, D.C. Vote Bill, U.S. Constitution, Washington DC

A new Rasmussen poll indicates that, of all the possible remedies for the District of Columbia lack of representation in Congress, retrocession is the one Americans support the most:

Congress is poised to give the vote to Washington, D.C.’s representative in the House of Representatives, but 40% of U.S. voters say it’s a better idea to give the city’s residential areas back to Maryland so they can be represented by legislators from that state.

Twenty-five percent (25%) support giving the District a vote in the House and 26% say keep things the way they are now, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Nine percent (9%) are not sure which course is the best to follow.


Voters are closely divided over whether the District’s representative should be allowed to vote in the House: 45% say yes, 42% say no, and 13% are undecided

If the American public is closely divided on that issue, though, there are emphatically against one solution to the problem:

[V]oters nationwide are opposed to the District becoming a state. Sixty percent (60%) say Washington should not be a state, while just 20% think that it should be.

For that reason alone, statehood will never happen.

One wonders, though, if Congress will listen to the people and start thinking seriously about retrocession.

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