Poll offers insight into US views on school choice, education policy
Craig Clough | July 8, 2015
- 17 percent of respondents said “education” was the most important issue facing the country right now, trailing only “economy and jobs” (31 percent) as a first priority.
- Six of 10 Americans are much more likely to think K–12 education has gotten off on the “wrong track,” compared with about one-third of adults who say it is heading in the “right direction.”
- Nearly three-quarters of Americans have a dim view of the federal government’s performance in K–12 education.
- 14 percent could estimate the correct per-student spending range for the national average, which is $10,700.
- 44 percent give an A or B to their local public schools; 58 percent give an A or B to local private/parochial schools; and 36 percent give those high grades to public charter schools.
- 53 percent of respondents said they favored charters, and 27 percent said they opposed them.
- Republicans (60 percent) and Independents (58 percent) are more likely to indicate support for charter schools than Democrats (47 percent).
- Approximately six out of 10 Americans (61 percent) say they support school vouchers, compared with 33 percent who said they oppose such a school choice system.
- 62 percent say they support an “education savings account” system (“ESA”).
- 42 percent said the amount of time spent on standardized testing is “too high,” compared with 19 percent who said “too low.
- When asked about what state government should do to intervene, if at all, in low-performing schools, the highest proportion of respondents (41 percent) said supplying vouchers/scholarships to affected families would be a useful state intervention
- Half of respondents said they support the Common Core State Standards compared with 40 percent who said they oppose.
- 46 percent said the a teacher unions’ endorsement of a political candidate has a positive influence on them. One-quarter said the teachers unions have a negative influence.