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According to a new poll an overwhelming majority (79 percent) of registered voters view increased federal funding for education as an important factor in deciding whether to support a candidate in the Congressional elections this fall. The poll also showed that education continues to be the top domestic priority of adults nationwide.

The poll, conducted by Ipsos-Reid, on behalf of the Committee for Education Funding, asked respondents to choose between two hypothetical candidates-a pro-education spending candidate and a pro-deficit reduction candidate. Responses showed that a congressional candidate who favors increased federal spending on education would defeat a deficit hawk by a landslide margin of 60 percent to 37 percent. When these results were broken down in terms of a respondent’s party affiliation, the pro-education spending candidate would be the overwhelming favorite of Democrat and Independent voters, while the pro-deficit reduction candidate would hold on to the Republican vote by a narrow margin of 49 percent to 48 percent.

The poll also found that education remains the top domestic priority. When asked to set aside federal spending on the military and homeland security, 35 percent of respondents said that education should be the number one federal spending priority this year. Prescription drug benefits for the elderly and tax cuts came in second and third, respectively.

The poll was conducted between July 11 and July 14 via telephone and included a representative sample of 777 registered voters nationwide. The margin of error is +/- 3.5 percent.

Complete polling results

Teacher Quality is Top Priority for Americans in New Ed Week/PEN Poll

In an ongoing effort to gauge public support for education, Education Week and Public Education Network (PEN) have teamed up to conduct a set of polls. For the second year in a row, Americans chose raising teacher quality as their first priority in improving schools and equalizing funding between rich and poor schools as the second priority. This year, letting for profit companies manage schools came in last out of eight choices. According to the poll, nearly three in ten Americans, 29 percent, are teachers or have close family members who are teachers or former teachers.

Education Week article on the Poll
Complete Poll Report


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