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Teachers' Unions: Helping or Hurting Public Education?

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A recent poll of 1,151 adults asked, "Has teacher unionization, in your opinion, helped, hurt, or made no difference in the quality of public education in the United States?" The results were compared with those in 1976.

National Totals

No Children In School

PublicSchool Parents

Nonpublic
School Parents

1998
%

1976
%

1998
%

1976
%

1998
%

1976
%

1998
%

1976
%

Helped 27 22 27 22 28 23 23 24
Hurt 28 38 26 38 24 36 36 47
Made no difference 37 27 37 26 39 28 27 25
Don't know 10 13 10 14 9 13 14 4

SOURCE: 1998 Phi Delta Kappa Poll of Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools.

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