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ISSUES I: EDUCATION
Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard University

June 29, 2000

The survey released today is the first in a series of in-depth studies of voter attitudes on important issues in the presidential campaign. The poll of 1,225 registered voters was conducted in May by The Washington Post, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University.

The Big Issues series is the seventh Post/Kaiser/Harvard project on contemporary topics. The three sponsors worked together to develop the survey questionnaire and analyze the results. The Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation, with Harvard University, are publishing independent summaries of the findings; each organization bears the sole responsibility for the work that appears under its name. The Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation paid for the surveys and related expenses.

In addition to Post staffers, the project team included Drew E. Altman, president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Mollyann Brodie, vice president for public opinion research at Kaiser, a nonprofit organization that conducts research on health care and other public policy issues; Robert J. Blendon, a professor at Harvard's School of Public Health and John F. Kennedy School of Government, and John Benson, deputy director of the Harvard Opinion Research Program at the School of Public Health.

This study was conducted by telephone May 11 - May 22, 2000 among a nationally representative sample of 1,225 registered voters 18 years of age or older. Included in the sample was an oversample of 215 registered voters who said that education was an important issue in deciding who to vote for in the 2000 presidential election. The total sample of registered voters interested in education is 609 adults. The margin of error on all registered voters is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. The margin of error on the education oversample is plus or minus 4 percentage points. Field work by ICR/International Communications Research of Media, Pa.

For more data and analysis: Poll Supplement, Summary of Findings, Breaking Down the Education Voters, Additional Findings, Searchable Database

* = less than 0.5 percent

2. If the election for president in November 2000 were being held today, and the candidates were Gore, the Democrat, and Bush, the Republican, for whom would you vote?
2a. Who do you lean toward?


5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Gore
41
Bush
49
Other
1
Neither (vol.)
4
Don't Know
6
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Gore
50
Bush
40
Other
-
Neither (vol.)
3
Don't Know
7

(Asked of registered voters)
3. Now I'm going to read you a list of issues that might be discussed during this year's presidential campaign. [READ LIST] Which of these issues do you think will be MOST important in deciding your vote for president. Here are the choices again...(READ LIST) And which do you think will be the second most important in deciding your vote for president?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
 First MentionSecond MentionCombined
Education192038
The Economy121325
Social Security131427
Taxes121123
Crime71017
Moral Values121021
Health care and Medicare212041
Other Issues112
None/Issues will not be important1*1
Don't know111
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
 First MentionSecond MentionCombined
Education4951100
The Economy12816
Social Security5813
Taxes5611
Crime6713
Moral Values9413
Health care and Medicare171633
Other Issues**1
None/Issues will not be important-*-
Don't know---

(Asked of registered voters who believe education is the most important issue in deciding their vote)
4. If a presidential candidate were to take stands on education and schools that were different from your own, would you vote against that candidate on the basis of that issue alone, or would you consider other things before deciding whom to vote for?

5/22/00: Education Oversample
Would vote against the candidate on the basis of education issue
8
Would consider other things before deciding whom to vote for
91
Don't Know
2
   

(Asked of registered voters)
6. How would you rate the job (READ ITEM) has done handling the issue of education and schools? (READ LIST)

6a. President Clinton
5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Excellent/Good
52
Excellent
10
Good
42
Net: Only Fair/Poor
45
Only Fair
30
Poor
15
Don't Know
3
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Net: Excellent/Good
57
Excellent
10
Good
46
Net: Only fair/Poor
42
Only fair
30
Poor
12
Don't Know
1

6b. Your state's governor
5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Excellent/Good
48
Excellent
9
Good
39
Net: Only Fair/Poor
48
Only Fair
32
Poor
15
Don't Know
5
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Net: Excellent/Good
48
Excellent
10
Good
38
Net: Only fair/Poor
48
Only fair
32
Poor
16
Don't Know
4

(Asked of registered voters)
7. Which presidential candidate, Gore or Bush, do you trust to do a better job improving education and the schools?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Gore
40
Bush
42
Both (vol.)
1
Neither (vol.)
7
Don't Know
6
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Gore
48
Bush
35
Both (vol.)
*
Neither (vol.)
6
Don't Know
11

(Asked of registered voters)
8. Since Bill Clinton became president, do you think public schools in this country have gotten better, worse, or stayed about the same?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Better
27
Worse
23
Stayed the same
47
Don't Know
4
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Better
29
Worse
18
Stayed the same
50
Don't Know
3

(Asked of all registered voters who say the public schools have gotten better/worse since Bill Clinton became President)
9. Do you think Clinton is responsible for the public schools getting better/worse, or is he not responsible? [IF RESPONSIBLE, ASK:) Is he mostly responsible, or only somewhat responsible?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Mostly responsible
23
Somewhat responsible
43
Not responsible
30
Don't Know
5
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Mostly responsible
21
Somewhat responsible
45
Not responsible
30
Don't Know
5

(Asked of all registered voters who say the public schools have gotten better since Bill Clinton became President)
9. Do you think Clinton is responsible for the public schools getting better, or is he not responsible? [IF RESPONSIBLE, ASK:) Is he mostly responsible, or only somewhat responsible?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Mostly responsible
25
Somewhat responsible
53
Not responsible
17
Don't Know
4
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Mostly responsible
22
Somewhat responsible
56
Not responsible
18
Don't Know
4

(Asked of all registered voters who say the public schools have gotten worse since Bill Clinton became President)
9. Do you think Clinton is responsible for the public schools getting better, or is he not responsible? [IF RESPONSIBLE, ASK:) Is he mostly responsible, or only somewhat responsible?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Mostly responsible
20
Somewhat responsible
30
Not responsible
44
Don't Know
6
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Mostly responsible
19
Somewhat responsible
28
Not responsible
48
Don't Know
5

(Asked of registered voters)
Q.8/Q.9 Summary Table

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Better
27
Clinton mainly responsible
7
Clinton somewhat responsible
14
Clinton not responsible
5
Worse
23
Clinton mainly responsible
4
Clinton somewhat responsible
7
Clinton not responsible
10
Stayed the same
47
Don't Know
4
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Better
29
Clinton mainly responsible
6
Clinton somewhat responsible
16
Clinton not responsible
5
Worse
18
Clinton mainly responsible
3
Clinton somewhat responsible
5
Clinton not responsible
9
Stayed the same
50
Don't Know
3

(Asked of registered voters)
10. Regardless of how you usually vote, which political party do you think would do a better job improving public schools--the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, both about the same, or neither?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Democratic Party
27
Republican Party
21
Both about the same
39
Neither
11
Don't Know
3
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Democratic Party
34
Republican Party
17
Both about the same
39
Neither
8
Don't Know
3

(Asked of all registered voters)
11. Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing your overall view of the public school system in this country? (READ ITEMS)

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
We need to completely replace it
6
There are good things, but it requires major changes
63
It's basically okay, but does require some minor changes
39
There is no need to make changes
1
Don't Know
1
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
We need to completely replace it
4
There are good things, but it requires major changes
66
It's basically okay, but does require some minor chugs
28
There is no need to make changes
1
Don't Know
1

(Asked of registered voters)
12. Just your best guess: How much money would you say the federal government contributes to the nation's public schools: More than half their overall funding, about half of their funding, about a quarter, or less than a quarter?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
More than half
5
About one-half
25
About one-quarter
30
Less than one-quarter
29
Don't Know
10
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
More than half
4
About one-half
21
About one-quarter
32
Less than one-quarter
35
Don't Know
9

(Asked of registered voters)
13. Do you happen to know what the term "school voucher" means, or aren't you sure? (DO NOT PROBE)

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
48
No
30
Don't Know/Aren't Sure
21
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Yes
53
No
24
Don't Know/Aren't Sure
23

(Asked of registered voters)
16. Do you currently have any children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
31
No
69
Don't Know
-
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Yes
41
No
59
Don't Know
-

(Asked of registered voters who have children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade)
17. Do you currently have children just in elementary school, just in high school, or both?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Just elementary school
46
Just high school
28
Both
25
Don't Know
1
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Just elementary school
49
Just high school
24
Both
26
Don't Know
*

Q.16/Q.17
(Asked of all registered voters)
5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Have children in K-12
31
Just elementary school
15
Just high school
9
Both
8
Net: Do not have children in K-12
69
Don't Know
-
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Net: Have children in K-12
41
Just elementary school
20
Just high school
10
Both
11
Net: Do not have children in K-12
59
Don't Know
-

(Asked of all registered voters who have children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade)
18. Do you have any children in public school or not? How about a religious or parochial school? How about a non-religious private school?

18a. Public School
5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
84
No
16
Don't Know
-
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Yes
90
No
10
Don't Know
-


18b. Religious or parochial school
5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
13
No
87
Don't Know
*
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Yes
11
No
89
Don't Know
*


18c. Non-religious private school
5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
5
No
95
Don't Know
*
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Yes
5
No
95
Don't Know
*

Q.16/Q.18
(Asked of all registered voters)

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Have children in K-12
31
Public School
27
Religious or Parochial School
4
Non-Religious Private School
2
Do not have children in K-12
69
Don't Know
-
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Net: Have children in K-12
41
Public School
36
Religious or Parochial School
5
Non-Religious Private School
2
Do not have children in K-12
59
Don't Know
-

(Asked of all registered voters)
21. Who do you think should have the primary responsibility for improving education and the schools: the federal government, the state government, or local school districts?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Federal government
13
State government
33
Local districts
50
Don't Know
3
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Federal government
14
State government
36
Local districts
47
Don't Know
3

(Asked of all registered voters)
23. Do you think increasing funding for public schools is the most important thing that the federal government could do to improve education, or do you think that there are more important things that need to be done to improve education?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Most important thing
33
There are more important things that need to be done
64
Don't Know
3
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Most important thing
40
There are more important things that need to be done
57
Don't Know
3

(Asked of all registered voters)
24. Just your best guess: In thinking about schools nationally, which do you think generally provides a better education, public schools or private schools?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Public Schools
25
Private Schools
68
No difference
4
Don't Know
3
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Public Schools
28
Private Schools
65
No difference
5
Don't Know
2

(Asked of all registered voters)
25. Which is more important to you

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Having a president who would mainly try to get state and local governments make changes to improve public education
66
 
Having a president who would mainly try to pass new federal legislation increase spending to improve public education.
29
 
Don't Know
5
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Having a president who would mainly try to get state and local governments make changes to improve public education
62
 
Having a president who would mainly try to pass new federal legislation increase spending to improve public education.
34
 
Don't Know
4

(Asked of all registered voters)
26. Regardless of who you might vote for, which presidential candidate, Bush or Gore, do you think would do a better job ?(READ FIRST ITEM) Regardless of who you might vote for, which presidential candidate, Bush or Gore do you think would do a better job ?(READ EACH ITEM)

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
 BushGoreBothNeitherDon't know
A. Providing adequate federal funds to improve the public schools36472510
B. Addressing the problem of school violence36443437
C. Holding schools accountable for seeing that their students meet a certain standard before they move to the next grade or graduate48323611
D. Improving the public schools that serve poor and disadvantaged neighborhoods32522410
E. Promoting school programs that develop good character and strong moral values4536369

5/22/00: Education Oversample
 BushGoreBothNeitherDon't know
A. Providing adequate federal funds to improve the public schools3255239
B. Addressing the problem of school violence38424510
C. Holding schools accountable for seeing that their students meet a certain standard before they move to the next grade or graduate43374511
D. Improving the public schools that serve poor and disadvantaged neighborhoods2859138
E. Promoting school programs that develop good character and strong moral values41414410

(Asked of those who chose the specific candidate in Q.26)
27. Do you think (CANDIDATE CHOSEN) would do a much better job, or just a somewhat better job than (CANDIDATE NOT CHOSEN)?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
 
Bush
 
Gore
 Much BetterSomewhat BetterDon't Know Much BetterSomewhat BetterDon't know
A. Providing adequate federal funds to improve the public schools44551 41582
B. Addressing the problem of school violence49501 4852*
C. Holding schools accountable for seeing that their students meet a certain standard before they move to the next grade or graduate4555* 39601
D. Improving the public schools that serve poor and disadvantaged neighborhoods4950* 47521
E. Promoting school programs that develop good character and strong moral values52471 48502

5/22/00: Education Oversample
 
Bush
 
Gore
 Much BetterSomewhat BetterDon't Know Much BetterSomewhat BetterDon't know
A. Providing adequate federal funds to improve the public schools47521 42572
B. Addressing the problem of school violence42571 4158*
C. Holding schools accountable for seeing that their students meet a certain standard before they move to the next grade or graduate38611 3070*
D. Improving the public schools that serve poor and disadvantaged neighborhoods4357- 48511
E. Promoting school programs that develop good character and strong moral values4456* 43562

Now I'd like you to think about students who attend what some people call "failing schools." These are low-ranking, poor quality public schools where students' academic performance is low and has not improved in the past three years.

I'm going to read descriptions of two federal programs that have been proposed to deal with the problem of failing schools. For each, please tell me whether you favor or oppose it. Here's the first:

(Asked of one half of registered voters)
28a. The (first/second) program would provide parents of a child in a failing public school with about $1,500 in federal education funds that they could use to send their child to another school. Parents could use the money to help pay the cost of a private school, or to send their child to another public school outside their district. Would you favor or oppose this program?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Favor
48
Oppose
49
Don't Know
3
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Favor
48
Oppose
50
Don't Know
2

(Asked of one half of registered voters)
28b. The (first/second) program would provide parents of a child in a failing public school with a $1,500 federal voucher that they could use to send their child to another school. Parents could use the money to help pay the cost of a private school, or to send their child to another public school outside their district. Would you favor or oppose this program?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Favor
48
Oppose
49
Don't Know
2
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Favor
50
Oppose
48
Don't Know
2

(Asked of all registered voters)
Q.28a/Q.28b

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Favor
48
Oppose
49
Don't Know
3
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Favor
49
Oppose
49
Don't Know
2

(Asked of all registered voters who favor providing parents with $1,500 in federal education funds/voucher)
29. Would you still favor this plan if the $1,500 came directly from the budget of the failing school, meaning there might be less money and the school could even get worse?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Yes, Still favor
36
No, now oppose
59
Don't Know
5
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Yes, still favor
29
No, now oppose
66
Don't Know
5

(Asked of half of registered voters)
Q.28a/Q.29

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Favor even if money came from budget
16
Net: Oppose
77
(before challenge)
49
if money from budget
29
Don't Know
6
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Favor even if money came from budget
13
Net: Oppose
81
(before challenge)
50
if money from budget
32
Don't Know
6

(Asked of half of registered voters)
Q.28b/Q.29

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Favor even if money came from budget
18
Net: Oppose
78
(before challenge)
49
if money from budget
28
Don't Know
5
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Favor even if money came from budget
15
Net: Oppose
81
(before challenge)
48
if money from budget
33
Don't Know
4

(Asked of all registered voters)
Q.28a/Q.28b/Q.29

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Favor even if money came from budget
17
Net: Oppose
78
(before challenge)
49
if money from budget
28
Don't Know
5
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Favor even if money came from budget
14
Net: Oppose
81
(before challenge)
49
if money from budget
32
Don't Know
5

(Asked of all registered voters who oppose providing parents with $1,500 in federal education funds/voucher)
30. Would you still oppose this plan if it meant that some children would be left in failing schools?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Yes, Still favor
74
No, now oppose
19
Don't Know
7
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Yes, still favor
74
No, now oppose
20
Don't Know
6

(Asked of half of registered voters)
Q.28a/Q.30

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Favor
56
(before challenge)
48
if children left in failing schools
8
Oppose even if children left in failing schools
37
Don't Know
7
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Net: Favor
56
(before challenge)
48
if children left in failing schools
9
Oppose even if children left in failing schools
37
Don't Know
6

(Asked of half the registered voters)
Q.28b/Q.30

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Favor
58
(before challenge)
48
if children left in failing schools
10
Oppose even if children left in failing schools
35
Don't Know
6
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Net: Favor
61
(before challenge)
50
if children left in failing schools
11
Oppose even if children left in failing schools
35
Don't Know
4

(Asked of all registered voters)
Q.28a/Q.28b/Q.30

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Favor
57
(before challenge)
48
if children left in failing schools
9
Oppose even if children left in failing schools
36
Don't Know
7
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Net: Favor
59
(before challenge)
49
if children left in failing schools
10
Oppose even if children left in failing schools
36
Don't Know
5

(Asked of all registered voters)
31. The (first/second) program would direct local school officials to shut down a failing school and reopen it after the principal was replaced. Poor-quality teachers would be identified and removed. Students would receive special help. Do you favor or oppose this program?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Favor
71
Oppose
25
Don't Know
5
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Favor
67
Oppose
30
Don't Know
3

(Asked of all respondents who favor a program that would shut down a failing school and reopen it)
32. Would you still favor this program even if it might be disruptive to students and end up taking a long time to improve education at the school?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Yes, Still favor
67
No, now oppose
28
Don't Know
5
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Yes, still favor
66
No, now oppose
30
Don't Know
4

(Asked of all registered voters)
Q.31/Q.32

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Favor even if disruptive/take time
48
Net: Oppose
44
(before challenge)
25
Even if disruptive/take time
20
Don't Know
8
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Favor even if disruptive/take time
44
Net: Oppose
50
(before challenge)
30
Even if disruptive/take time
20
Don't Know
6

(Asked of all registered voters who oppose a program that would shut down a failing school and reopen it)
33. Would you still oppose this program if it meant that an incompetent principal or poor quality teachers would continue to work at a failing school?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Yes, Still oppose
53
No, now favor
42
Don't Know
6
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Yes, Still oppose
51
No, now favor
45
Don't Know
4

(Asked of all registered voters)
Q.31/Q.33

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Favor
81
(before challenge)
71
Even if incompetant educators remain
10
Oppose even if incompetant educators remain
13
Don't Know
6
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Net: Favor
80
(before challenge)
67
Even if incompetant educators remain
13
Oppose even if incompetant educators remain
15
Don't Know
5

(Asked of all registered voters)
36. Do you think that $1500 would cover all, most, about half, or only some of the costs of attending a private school in your area?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
All
3
Most
6
About half
18
Only some
66
Don't know
7
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
All
3
Most
6
About half
15
Only some
70
Don't know
5

(Asked of all registered voters who have children in public schools)
37. If you could afford to, would you move your child to a private or religious school?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
43
No
55
Don't Know
2
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Yes
45
No
53
Don't Know
2

(Asked of all registered voters who have children in public schools)
38. If the federal government gave you $1500 toward the cost of tuition, would you seriously consider sending your child to a private or religious school?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
43
No
56
Don't Know
1
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Yes
46
No
53
Don't Know
2

(Asked of all registered voters)

38a. Thinking about this year's presidential election, do you happen to know which candidate, Gore or Bush, favors school vouchers?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Gore
14
Bush
31
Other
1
Neither (vol.)
*
Don't Know
53
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Gore
14
Bush
31
Other
2
Neither (vol.)
1
Don't Know
53

(Asked of all registered voters)
39. Now I'd like to mention a few suggestions for how the federal government might improve education and public schools. For each, please tell me if you favor or oppose it. Here's the first: (READ FIRST ITEM) do you favor or oppose this?
(GET ANSWER, THEN ASK:) Is that strongly (favor/oppose) or somewhat(favor/oppose)?


5/22/00: All Registered Voters
 
Favor
 
Oppose
  
 (Net)StronglySomewhat (Net)SomewhatStrongly Don't Know
A. Reduce federal education funding to states where the academic performance of public school students is low and has not improved in five years331319 632241 4
B. Increase federal funding to states so that all 4-year olds may attend preschool644519 341321 2
C. Give state and local governments more say in how to spend federal education money825428 1588 3
D. Provide parents with more alternatives such as private or charter schools if they don't want to send their child to a traditional public school643727 321221 4
E. Increase federal spending on new school construction and modernization764829 211111 3

5/22/00: Education Oversample
 
Favor
 
Oppose
  
 (Net)StronglySomewhat (Net)SomewhatStrongly Don't Know
A. Reduce federal education funding to states where the academic performance of public school students is low and has not improved in five years291118 682444 3
B. Increase federal funding to states so that all 4-year olds may attend preschool715417 281414 1
C. Give state and local governments more say in how to spend federal education money825230 16106 2
D. Provide parents with more alternatives such as private or charter schools if they don't want to send their child to a traditional public school633627 341420 3
E. Increase federal spending on new school construction and modernization825428 1688 1

(Asked of all registered voters)
43. As you may know, the charter school program frees some public schools from certain state regulations and lets them work independently from the local school district as long as they meet state standards for student achievement. Do you favor or oppose such a program? Is that strongly (favor/oppose) or somewhat (favor/oppose)?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Favor
70
Strongly
32
Somewhat
38
Net: Oppose
23
Somewhat
11
Strongly
12
Don't Know
7
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Net: Favor
72
Strongly
29
Somewhat
42
Net: Oppose
23
Somewhat
12
Strongly
11
Don't Know
5

(Asked of all registered voters)
45. Would you rather see religious and spiritual values have more influence in the schools than they do now, less influence, or about the same influence as they do now?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
More
61
Less
11
About the same
27
Don't Know
1
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
More
53
Less
14
About the same
32
Don't Know
1

(Asked of all registered voters)
46. Do you support or oppose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow organized prayer in the public schools?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Support
64
Oppose
34
Don't Know
2
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Support
59
Oppose
39
Don't Know
2

(Asked of all registered voters)
D03. Are you or any other members of your family elementary or high school teachers?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Net: Yes
22
Respondent
4
other family member
17
both respondent and other family member
2
No
77
Don't Know
*
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Net: Yes
24
Respondent
6
other family member
16
both respondent and other family member
2
No
75
Don't Know
*

(Asked of all registered voters)
5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Teacher
6
Not a teacher
94
Don't Know
*
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Teacher
9
Not a teacher
91
Don't Know
*

(Asked of all registered voters who are elementary or high school teachers)
D04 Do you teach in a public school, a religious or parochial school, or a non-religious private school?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Public school
83
Religious or parochial school
12
Non religious private school
5
Don't Know
-
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Public school
90
Religious or parochial school
8
Non religious private school
3
Don't Know
-

(Asked of all registered voters who are elementary or high schoolteachers and/or whose family member(s) are elementary or high school teachers)
D05. (Are any of them members/Are you a member) of a national teachers' organization or teachers' union?

5/22/00: All Registered Voters
Yes
55
No
26
Don't Know
19
 
5/22/00: Education Oversample
Yes
56
No
27
Don't Know
17

Note: In half the cases, respondents were asked about $1,500 in "federal education funds" rather than a "$1,500 federal voucher" to address concerns that the word "voucher" has become too politicized. Because there were no differences in the responses across the two halves of the sample, the responses are shown combined.

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