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GOT FUNDS?…FOR EDUCATION: Bipartisan Survey Finds Public Support for Increased Education Spending

A national survey of 1,000 registered voters conducted jointly by Republican and Democratic pollsters confirms public support for increased federal spending on education. The poll was conducted on behalf of the National Education Association (NEA).

Forty-four percent of those polled ranked education as one of their top two budget priorities, compared to health care (31 percent) and terrorism and security (30 percent). Fifty-seven percent of voters want the federal government to spend more than it currently does on education. A majority of the respondents (54 percent) believed that that education is a shared responsibility between federal, state and local governments.

The public seems to understand and sympathize with the financial burden placed on the states in their efforts to provide a quality education. Sixty-five percent of those polled supported a proposal for Congress to provide the states with $50 billion in aid from the federal government. The poll also found that a strong, pro-education position supporting increased federal education funding helps candidates from both parties. The survey was conducted from Feb. 19 to Feb. 24, 2003, by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and The Tarrance Group.

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