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What Americans Think about Public Education

October 27, 2016
  • What Issues Matter to U.S. Voters?

    Most voters say jobs and the economy are the most important issues to them in the 2016 presidential race. In a recent Gallup poll, only 4% said education was America’s most important problem. While education doesn’t rank at No. 1 in national surveys, most people think education should be one of the president’s top priorities. 

    A 2015 poll conducted by Communities In Schools and Public Opinion Strategies asked swing state voters about education. Nearly 7 in 10 respondents say improving K-12 public education should be a top priority for the next president. That survey also found that 76% believe it should be a top priority for all children to get a good education, no matter their economic circumstances.

    We looked at key education public opinion surveys to provide an overview of American public opinion related to K-12 education.


    FiveThirtyEight: The Big Issues of the 2016 Campaign And where the presidential candidates stand on them, Nov. 19, 2015
    Communities in Schools: Poll: Public Education, Poverty is a Top Priority, Nov. 5, 2015