New Poll Shows Citizen Support for Education Investments
Posted by shannonk on Monday, December 10, 2012
In a poll released on December 7th by the Foundation for Education Investment and the Committee for Education Funding, most Americans (55%) say education programs should be protected from automatic cuts in spending, more than the number who would extend such protection to tax cuts for corporations (13%), Bush-era tax rate reductions for those with incomes over $250,000 per year (21%), or defense spending (39%).
Overall, 58% of the public supports raising taxes for those with incomes over $250,000 versus 42% who favor across-the-board spending cuts.
If it came down to one or the other in order to reach a deficit agreement, 57% say the cuts should come from defense spending versus 43% who say the cuts should come from education programs. Two thirds of the public (66%) believe that education programs should either not be cut at all or not cut as much as other programs.
The public’s support for education funding stands on a foundation of strong beliefs when it comes to the value of education. In this poll, about three-quarters or more of all Americans endorse the belief that education:
• Is important to future economic growth (86% agree, including 54% who strongly agree)
• Moves people into the middle class (77% agree, 39% strongly)
• Makes it possible for more people to attend college (76% agree, 38% strongly)
• Prepares students to be productive citizens (75% agree, 42% strongly)
• Helps students get good paying jobs (74% agree, 38% strongly)
• Improves America’s global competitiveness with countries such as China (73% agree, 42% strongly)