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Gallup Poll. April 3-9, 2014. N=639 public school parents nationwide. Margin of error 5.

             

"How much, if anything, have you heard about the new national standards for teaching reading, writing, and math in grades K through 12, known as the Common Core State Standards: a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or nothing at all?"

 
    Public school parents
 
    Great
deal
Fair
amount
Only
a little
Nothing
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/3-9/14

16 22 30 31 2
             
 

Asked of those who have heard of Common Core (N=466, margin of error 6):
"And from what you know about them, do you have a positive or negative impression of the Common Core standards? ... Is that very positive/negative, or somewhat positive/negative?"

 
    Public school parents who have heard of Common Core
 
    Very
positive
Somewhat
positive
Somewhat
negative
Very
negative
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/3-9/14

13 39 23 19 6
             

"How much, if anything, have you heard about the new national standards for teaching reading, writing, and math in grades K through 12, known as the Common Core State Standards: a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or nothing at all?" If have heard of: "And from what you know about them, do you have a positive or negative impression of the Common Core standards?" Combined results

 
    Public school parents  
 
    Positive Negative Haven't
heard of
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/3-9/14

35 28 33 4  
             

"Now I'd like to mention several aspects of the Common Core. For each, please tell me if you think it will have a very positive, somewhat positive, somewhat negative, or very negative impact on education in the United States. How about . . . ?"

 
    Public school parents
 
    Very
positive
Somewhat
positive
Somewhat
negative
Very
negative
Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"Having one set of educational standards across the country for reading, writing, and math"

 

4/3-9/14

37 36 15 10 1
             
 

"Using standardized computer-based tests to measure all students' performance and progress"

 

4/3-9/14

26 39 20 13 2
             
 

"Linking teacher evaluations to their students' Common Core test scores"

 

4/3-9/14

30 37 16 14 4

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Feb. 19-23, 2014. N=1,644 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think that the federal government should fund pre-kindergarten programs for all children nationwide, or do you think it should be left to each individual state government to decide?"

 
    Federal
government
Each
state
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/19-23/14

47 52 2    

 

Gallup Poll. Aug. 7-11, 2013. N=508 parents nationwide with children in grades K-12. Margin of error 5.

             

"Thinking about your oldest child, when he or she is at school, do you fear for his or her physical safety?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/7-11/13

33 67 1    
 

12/19-22/12

33 67 1    
 

8/9-12/12

25 74 1    
 

3/27-29/09

26 74 -    
 

8/7-10/08

15 85 -    
 

8/13-16/07

24 76 -    
             

"Have any of your school-aged children expressed any worry or concern about feeling unsafe at their school when they go back to school this fall?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/7-11/13

10 89 1    
 

8/9-12/12

12 85 3    
 

8/7-10/08

8 91 1    
 

8/13-16/07

12 87 1    

 

Gallup Poll. March 4-5, 2013. N=1,023 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Next, suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Would you vote for or against a law that would spend government money to establish federal and state programs making high-quality preschools available to every child in America?"

 
    Vote for Vote against Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/4-5/13

69 28 3    

 

Gallup Poll. March 2-3, 2013. N=1,028 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Next, suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Would you vote for or against a law establishing federal and state programs that would make high-quality preschools available to every child in America?"

 
    Vote for Vote against Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/2-3/13

73 24 3    

 

University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant Poll. Jan. 22-28, 2013. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"How worried are you, if at all, that a mass shooting could happen in a school in your community? Is that something that worries you a great deal, somewhat, not so much or not at all?"

 
    A great deal Somewhat Not so much Not at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/22-28/13

22 34 26 16 1

 

CBS News Poll. Dec. 14-16, 2012. N=620 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"In general, do you feel the schools in the United States are extremely safe, very safe, somewhat safe, not too safe or not at all safe?"

 
    Extremely
safe
Very
safe
Somewhat
safe
Not too
safe
Not at
all safe
    % % % % %
 

12/14-16/12

5 17 50 18 10
             

"In general, do you feel the schools in your community are extremely safe, very safe, somewhat safe, not too safe or not at all safe?"

 
    Extremely
safe
Very
safe
Somewhat
safe
Not too
safe
Not at
all safe
    % % % % %
 

12/14-16/12

8 28 44 10 7
 

4/15-17/00

8 29 46 10 5

 

United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. May 3-6, 2012. N=999 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

             

"Congress is considering legislation that would allow college students to continue receiving loans at subsidized interest rates. To offset the cost of these loans, Democrats want to raise taxes on some businesses. Republicans want to shift money from a preventive health fund that was created as part of the president's health care plan. Which do you prefer: the Democrats' OR the Republicans' approach to pay for these student loans?"

 
    Democrats'
approach
Republicans'
approach
Neither/
Other (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/3-6/12

50 34 11 5  

 

CBS News Poll. Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2011. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you favor or oppose allowing the children of illegal immigrants to attend state college at the lower tuition rate of state residents?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/28 - 10/2/11

25 68 7    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 14-16, 2011. N=1,032 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"What action would you like to see Congress take on the No Child Left Behind education law: eliminate the No Child Left Behind law, keep the law but with major revisions, keep the No Child Left Behind law basically as it is, or don't you know enough to say?"

 
    Eliminate it Keep it but
with major
revisions
Keep
basically
as it is
Don't know
enough
to say
No answer
    % % % % %
 

1/14-16/11

16 41 21 21 1

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. March 19-21, 2010. N=1,030 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

             

"As you may know, under the current federal program to help pay for college, students get loans from banks and other financial institutions, with the government guaranteeing those loans. Would you favor or oppose a proposal to have the government provide loans to college students directly, which would increase the amount of money available for college loans?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/19-21/10

64 34 2    

 

CBS News Poll. Jan. 6-10, 2010. N=1,216 adults nationwide (MoE 3), including 240 parents of children in grades K-12 (MoE 6).

             

"Do you favor or oppose mandatory testing of students in public schools each year as a way to determine how well the school is doing educating students?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/6-10/10

71 24 5    
 

1/12-15/04

71 25 4    
 

6/14-18/01

74 23 3    
 

3/8-12/01

78 19 3    
 

1/15-17/01

82 16 2    
             

"Some public schools are participating in a program in which children receive money if they meet certain criteria, such as getting good grades, test scores, and good behavior. Some people say these programs are good, because they give children incentives to do well in school. Other people say these programs are bad because children should not be paid to value education. What do you think of these programs? Are they generally a good thing or a bad thing?"

 
    Good Thing Bad Thing Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/6-10/10

37 56 7    
             

"Do you think students should be required to learn a foreign language in order to graduate from high school, or not?"

 
    Should Should Not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/6-10/10

51 47 2    
             

"As far as you know, do you think, on average, public school teachers in this country are paid too much, too little, or about the right amount?"

 
    Too Much Too Little About Right Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/6-10/10

4 66 24 6  
             

"Using a grade of A, B, C, D and F -- where A is excellent and F is very poor -- and using any of the grades in between, how would you grade the quality of the education your child or children are receiving?" N=240 parents of K-12 children

 
    A B C D F
    % % % % %
 

1/6-10/10

36 37 24 2 1
             

"In general, do you think the education your child or children are getting today is better, is about the same, or worse than the education you received?" N=240 parents of K-12 children

 
    Better About the
Same
Worse Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/6-10/10

58 16 22 4  
             

"In general, how would you rate the amount of homework your child or children have to do? Is it too much, too little or about the right amount?" N=240 parents of K-12 children

 
    Too Much Too Little About the
Right
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/6-10/10

14 16 66 4  
             

"How important is it to you that your child or children's school curriculum includes arts and music programs: very important, somewhat important, not very important or not at all important?" N=240 parents of K-12 children

 
    Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not Very
Important
Not at All
Important
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/6-10/10

71 24 3 1 1
             

"How important is it to you that your child or children's school curriculum includes physical fitness and sports programs: very important, somewhat important, not very important or not at all important?" N=240 parents of K-12 children

 
    Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not Very
Important
Not at All
Important
 
    % % % %  
 

1/6-10/10

79 17 4 0  
             

"Do you think your child or children probably will or probably will not attend college?" N=240 parents of K-12 children

 
    Probably Will Probably
Will Not
Some Will,
Some Will
Not (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/6-10/10

86 7 4 3  
             

"Do you feel that your child or children's school is properly preparing students for college, or not?" N=240 parents of K-12 children

 
    Is Is Not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/6-10/10

70 13 17    
             

"Do you feel that your child or children's school is properly preparing students who choose not to go to college for the job market, or not?" N=240 parents of K-12 children

 
    Is Is Not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/6-10/10

44 35 21    

 

CBS News Poll. Dec. 17-22, 2009. N=1,048 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

             

"Using a grade of A, B, C, D and F -- where A is excellent and F is very poor -- and using any of the grades in between, how would you grade the U.S. on the quality of the public schools in this country?"

 
    A B C D F
    % % % % %
 

12/17-22/09

5 23 32 26 12
             

"In general, do you think the education most children are getting today in public schools is better, is about the same, or worse than the education you received?"

 
    Better About the
Same
Worse Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

12/17-22/09

34 24 38 4  
             

"Some school districts hire private companies that specialize in education to run public schools. The company develops the curriculum, hires teachers and tests the students. Its goal is to provide a quality education while making a profit. Do you favor or oppose this idea? ... Would you say strongly or somewhat?"

 
    Strongly
Favor
Somewhat
Favor
Somewhat
Oppose
Strongly
Oppose
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

12/17-22/09

12 30 23 27 8
             

"If you could send your child to a school that was run by a private company, do you think you would definitely do so, seriously consider doing it, probably not do it, or definitely not do it?" Parents of children under age 18

 
    Definitely
Do So
Seriously
Consider It
Probably
Not Do It
Definitely
Not Do It
It Depends
(vol.)/Unsure
    % % % % %
 

12/17-22/09

14 32 31 18 5

Education continued


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