Seven in 10 adults in the United States are in favor of using more federal money to ensure that high-quality preschool is available for every child in the country, according to a poll released last week by the Gallup organization. Twenty-eight percent are opposed to the idea, and 3 percent had no opinion.
But the support for federally funded preschool breaks down around party lines. Fifty-three percent of Republicans favored expanded federal investment, compared with 87 percent of Democrats.
Similarly, when respondents were asked about the importance of different education levels, 50 percent of Democrats said preschool is “extremely important,” compared with 34 percent of Republicans and Independents.
A version of this article appeared in the September 17, 2014 edition of Education Week as Majority of Americans Favor More Federal Pre-K Funding