Teaching Profession Reports

Educator Political Perceptions: A National Survey

December 2017

On a national level, we possess relatively limited information on educators’ political beliefs and behaviors. In order to gather information on this topic, in Fall 2017, the Education Week Research Center set out to survey a nationally representative sample of teachers, school-based leaders (e.g., principals and vice principals), and district leaders such as school superintendents. The survey is especially timely given the divisions that currently exist in our nation in the wake of a 2016 presidential election that revealed deep chasms in American political beliefs. This report presents findings from the survey.