National Poll Shows Voters Strongly Support Public Schools
In 2021, a national Public Education public opinion poll commissioned by the National School Boards Action Center (NSBAC) and designed and administered by Lake Research Partners and Chesapeake Beach Consulting reached a total of 1,000 likely 2022 voters nationwide. Some key findings include:
- Voters continue to value the job public schools are doing in their community with 55 percent rating them positively.
- Learning loss among students due to the COVID-19 pandemic is a key priority, with 88 percent saying it is a problem, including 65 percent who say it is a “very big” problem.
- 89 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of Republicans, and 70 percent of Independents view easier access to technology and broadband as important. The largest obstacle for public school districts, named by 66 percent of voters as challenging, was having quality broadband and internet access at home to attend school online.
- 59 percent of voters think funding for public schools should be increased. Of those who believe it should be increased, 86 percent would support an increase in funding even if it meant they would pay more in taxes.
- 61 percent of voters say it is better to allocate funds to improving public education and schools, compared to only 18 percent who support vouchers to pay for students to attend private or religiously affiliated schools.
- 74 percent say a lack of personalized learning focused on individual needs is a problem.