Education

The Voters Speak

October 13, 2004 1 min read

All responses except the first one are drawn from an annual survey of 800 registered voters conducted by Lake Snell Perry & Associates for Education Week and the Public Education Network. The first question is from a CBS News poll.

4%

consider education the top issue in this year’s presidential election, behind the war in Iraq (26 percent), the economy (25 percent), and health care (8 percent).

59%

believe that public schools in their community do not receive enough funding.

14%

are “very willing” to increase taxes to fund public education. An additional 45 percent are “somewhat willing” to do so.

28%

oppose NCLB, up more than threefold from the 8 percent who opposed the law in 2003. More than one-third—36 percent—favor legislation, and 34 percent have not made up their minds.

59%

would be more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who says that public education would be the centerpiece of his or her administration. But fewer than half—48 percent—believe such statements are “sincere.”

A version of this article appeared in the October 02, 2004 edition of Teacher as The Voters Speak