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Breaking Down the Education Voters:
Cluster Analysis Groups
Washington Post/Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard University
Issues Project: Education and the Schools

This analysis conducted by Mollyann Brodie, vice president and director of public opinion and media research, and Kristin Kenyon, research associate, of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Demographics (% read down)
 
Do Anything Voters
PTA Voters
Pink Collar Liberals
The Moral Minority
Total Education Voters
Percentage of all education
voters in each group
22%
33%
18%
27%
N=609
D03. Teachers in the Family? 
          Yes
19%
31%
25%
21%
25%
          No
81
69
75
79
75
D07. Party ID 
          Republican
21
22
13
39
25
          Democrat
38
41
61
20
38
          Independent
30
28
19
34
28
          Something Else
10
9
5
7
8
D07C. Party ID Leaned 
          Republican Leaned
35
28
19
53
35
          Democrat Leaned
52
55
69
29
50
          Independent
3
7
5
10
7
          Something Else
10
9
5
7
8
D08. Ideology 
          Very Liberal
6
5
11
3
6
          Liberal
22
34
36
11
26
          Moderate
48
44
39
38
42
          Conservative
19
14
8
38
20
          Very Conservative
4
1
4
8
4
D13. Education 
          Less than HS
12
6
8
11
9
          Hs Graduate + bus
31
25
24
34
28
          Some College
21
28
13
22
22
          College Graduate
22
23
28
21
23
          Graduate School
13
18
27
13
17
D14. Age 
          18-29
31
19
24
15
22
          30-49
45
59
49
37
49
          50-64
15
14
15
26
18
          65+
8
7
12
22
12
D15/16. Race 
          White non-Hispanic
71
70
71
84
74
          Black non-Hispanic
13
14
12
6
11
          Asian
2
1
1
1
1
          Other
2
3
3
1
2
          Hispanic
10
11
12
8
10
D17. Income 
          < $20,000
9
13
6
15
11
          $20< 30,000
11
7
14
15
11
          $30 < 50,000
24
16
21
17
19
          $50 < 75,000
22
27
25
20
24
          >= $75,000
27
30
30
26
28
Gender 
          Male
39
41
30
42
39
          Female
62
59
70
58
61

Variables used in Cluster Analysis (% read down)
 
Do Anything Voters
PTA Voters
Pink Collar Liberals
The Moral Minority
Total Education Voters
Percentage of all education
voters in each group
22%
33%
18%
27%
N=609
21. Who should be responsible for improving the schools? 
          Federal govt.
13
6
43
7
15
          State
47
36
53
91
57
          Local Districts
38
57
21
59
47
23. Increasing funding by feds is 
          Most important thing
44
59
45
7
40
          Other things more important
52
36
53
91
57
          Don't know
3
4
1
2
3
25. Which is more imp. for a Pres. to push to improve education? 
          a) State and local govt. to change
64
74
12
78
62
          b)More federal laws and spending
34
23
85
14
34
          Don't know
1
3
3
8
4
39a. Reduce federal funding to states with low school performances 
          Favor strongly
33
0
1
14
11
          Favor somewhat
48
1
9
19
18
          Oppose somewhat
18
22
26
31
44
          Oppose strongly
0
74
61
31
44
          Don't know
1
2
3
5
3
39b. Increase federal funding so 4 year olds can go to preschool 
          Favor strongly
74
68
71
10
54
          Favor somewhat
18
18
19
14
17
          Oppose somewhat
4
9
7
31
14
          Oppose strongly
2
4
3
45
14
          Don't know
1
1
1
1
1
39c. Give state and local govt. more say in spending fed $ 
          Favor strongly
53
73
13
51
52
          Favor somewhat
34
23
32
33
30
          Oppose somewhat
11
2
27
9
10
          Oppose strongly
1
0
25
5
6
          Don't know
1
2
3
2
2
39d. Give parents alternatives such as private and charter schools 
          Favor strongly
60
32
14
37
36
          Favor somewhat
28
26
30
26
27
          Oppose somewhat
8
19
12
14
14
          Oppose strongly
3
21
40
19
20
          Don't know
1
2
4
4
3
39e. Increase federal funding on school construction 
          Favor strongly
72
68
61
17
54
          Favor somewhat
23
26
28
36
28
          Oppose somewhat
4
4
5
19
8
          Oppose strongly
0
1
5
27
8
          Don't know
1
2
1
1
1
43. Charter Schools 
          Favor strongly
43
28
14
30
29
          Favor somewhat
42
45
43
40
43
          Oppose somewhat
9
12
15
12
12
          Oppose strongly
1
9
26
13
11
          Don't know
4
5
3
5
5
45. Influence of religion in the schools 
          More
51
50
40
66
53
          Less
13
11
34
6
14
          About the Same
33
37
26
28
32
          Don't know
2
1
0
0
1

Policy Variables/Interest (% read down)
 
Do Anything Voters
PTA Voters
Pink Collar Liberals
The Moral Minority
Total Education Voters
Percentage of all education
voters in each group
22%
33%
18%
27%
N=609
2. Vote (horserace) 
          Gore
45
51
62
23
44
          Bush
38
30
23
45
35
          Other
-
1
-
1
-
          Neither
5
8
6
9
7
          Don't know
12
10
10
21
13
2. Vote (forced) 
          Gore
54
56
67
30
50
          Bush
42
35
26
54
40
          Neither
1
4
3
5
3
          Don't know
4
6
4
12
7
4. Single Issue voter 
          Single Issue: education
4
9
11
6
8
          Other things important
93
90
86
93
91
          Don't know
2
1
3
1
1
6. Rate Clinton's education job 
          Excellent
8
14
15
5
10
          Good
53
45
50
39
46
          Fair
32
32
26
29
30
          Poor
7
7
8
25
12
7. Who'll do a better job improving education? 
          Gore
49
56
68
23
48
          Bush
36
26
20
54
35
          Both
1
0
1
1
1
          Neither
7
7
3
6
6
          Don't know
8
11
8
15
11
8. Since Clinton, have public schools gotten better  
          Gotten better
32
34
32
18
29
          Worse
17
12
12
29
18
          Stayed the same
46
51
51
52
50
          Don't know
6
3
4
1
3
10. Which party would do a better job improving education? 
          Democratic
37
38
51
15
34
          Repbulican
13
13
11
27
17
          Both the same
42
37
32
43
39
          Neither
5
9
4
10
8
          Don't know
2
2
3
4
3
11. Which is closer to your view? 
          Completely Replace
7
3
4
5
4
          Major changes
63
69
64
66
66
          Minor changes
28
27
29
27
28
          No need for changes
2
1
1
1
1
16. Children in school at K-12? 
          Yes
37
52
37
32
41
          No
63
48
63
68
59
28. School Vouchers 
          Favor
57
46
37
55
49
          Oppose
41
52
60
43
49
          Don't know
2
1
1
3
2
28a/28b/29. Challenge Favored 
          Favor even if $ from budget
18
8
8
23
14
          Oppose (before challenge)
41
53
61
43
49
          Oppose if $ from budget
37
35
28
27
32
          Don't know
4
4
3
7
5
28a/28b/30. Challenge Opposed 
          Favor (before challenge)
57
46
38
55
49
          Favor if child gets left
12
9
12
8
10
          Oppose even if child is left
27
41
45
31
36
          Don't know
4
5
5
6
5
31. Shut down failing schools 
          Favor
76
66
60
67
67
          Oppose
21
33
39
27
30
          Don't know
3
1
1
6
5
31/32. Challenge Favored  
           Favor even if disruptive
50
43
38
45
44
          Oppose (before challenge)
21
33
39
27
30
          Oppose if disruptive
24
19
19
19
20
          Don't know
4
6
4
9
6
31/33. Challenge Opposed 
           Favor (before challenge)
76
66
60
68
67
          Favor if incompetent teach
9
15
16
13
13
          Oppose even if incomp.
12
17
20
12
15
          Don't know
3
3
4
7
4
46. Constitutional amendment for school prayer 
           Support
62
60
48
65
59
          Oppose
36
36
52
35
39
          Don't know
2
4
0
1
2
Knowledge 
           High
25
32
43
19
29
          Medium
51
53
41
63
53
          Low
24
15
16
17
18

Which Presidential Candidate would do a better job at... (% read down)
 
Do Anything Voters
PTA Voters
Pink Collar Liberals
The Moral Minority
Total Education Voters
Percentage of all education
voters in each group
22%
33%
18%
27%
N=609
26a. Better job federally funding school improvement 
          Bush
32
27
24
43
32
          Gore
58
60
71
36
55
          Both
0
1
0
5
3
          Neither
3
4
1
2
3
          Don't know
6
9
4
14
9
26b. Better job addressing school violence 
          Bush
40
37
26
46
38
          Gore
50
41
58
26
42
          Both
3
6
3
3
4
          Neither
3
6
5
7
5
          Don't know
4
9
8
18
10
26c. Better job requiring academic standards are met to advance 
          Bush
44
33
34
58
42
          Gore
42
42
46
18
36
          Both
4
5
4
4
4
          Neither
2
5
7
6
5
          Don't know
7
14
9
14
11
26d. Better job helping poor/dis-advantaged schools 
          Bush
25
23
23
43
29
          Gore
63
64
71
40
58
          Both
2
1
0
2
1
          Neither
2
4
1
3
3
          Don't know
8
8
5
12
8
26e. Better job promoting character and moral values 
          Bush
42
32
28
59
41
          Gore
46
45
56
21
41
          Both
6
4
4
5
4
          Neither
1
6
4
5
4
          Don't know
6
12
8
11
10

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