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NEW POLL FINDS EDUCATION IS A CRUCIAL ELEMENT OF NATIONAL SECURITY

According to a national poll released last month, an overwhelming majority of Americans see education as an essential component in our efforts to strengthen our nation’s security. Among respondents, 85 percent indicated our country’s need for stronger national security as a “good reason” to increase federal education spending. The poll, conducted by Ipsos-Reid U.S. Public Affairs on behalf of the Committee for Education Funding (CEF), surveyed a representative sample of 1,000 adults in early March.

Pollsters are finding similar results across the country. A poll conducted in Florida for the Miami Herald and St. Petersburg Times in late March, indicated that 58 percent of voters favor raising taxes to improve public education. Given nine choices, including health care and tax cuts, Florida voters overwhelmingly chose improving public education as the most important issue facing the country today.

More CEF National Poll Results:

Total Good Reason
Very Good Reason
Fairly Good Reason
Not a Good Reason
Not Sure
Schools in low-income areas must receive more federal funding to ensure that all students have the same access to the opportunities that education provides as students in well-funded school districts
84%
55%
29%
15%
1%
Federal spending on education must be increased to minimize disparities in the quality of education across the nation
82%
42%
40%
18%
1%
The success or failure of our schools depends in large part on the quality of our teachers. We must increase federal spending on education to improve the recruitment and retention of quality teachers
86%
65%
22%
13%
1%

More information on the CEF poll
More information on the Florida poll

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