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Sample iPOLL here, but there are more than 20,500 questions on Education since 1936!

Spending on Education

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Would you prefer to mostly increase revenues such as taxes and fees or mostly cut spending for education (in order to close the federal budget deficit)?
Note: Registered voters
McClatchy/Marist Poll, [Mar, 2013]




If you were making up the budget for the federal government this year (2013), would you increase spending, decrease spending or keep spending the same for...education?
Note: Asked of Form 2 half sample
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political Survey, [Feb, 2013]




And, thinking about some other actions that could be taken, which of the following do you believe would do the most to improve the country over the long term, say in the next 10 to 20 years?...Making education more affordable, accessible and relevant to today's job market, promoting American manufacturing and industrial innovation, providing incentives to help people start their own businesses, reducing the trade deficit by increasing exports and decreasing imports, eliminating the federal budget deficit through tax increases and spending cuts, increasing US (United States) energy security through production, alternatives, and efficiency
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30     Making education more affordable, accessible and relevant to today's job market
17     Promoting American manufacturing and industrial innovation
15     Providing incentives to help people start their own businesses
14     Reducing the trade deficit by increasing exports and decreasing imports
12     Eliminating the federal budget deficit through tax increases and spending cuts
10     Increasing US energy security through production alternatives, and efficiency
2     Don't know/Refused
Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll, [Nov, 2012]



Standardized Testing

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Now we have some questions about standardized tests. Standardized tests are used to evaluate students using a consistent test so that each student is scored in the same way. Overall, do you think students in your (oldest) child's school take too many standardized tests, too few standardized tests, or is it about right?
Associated Press/NORC Poll, [Jun, 2013]




How well do standardized tests measure the quality of education offered by schools?...Very well, somewhat well, not too well, not at all well
Associated Press/NORC Poll, [Jun, 2013]




How well do standardized tests measure your (oldest) child's performance in school?...Very well, somewhat well, not too well, not at all well
Associated Press/NORC Poll, [Jun, 2013]



School Vouchers

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(Now I am going to read you some things being proposed by Republicans to deal with the financial pressures facing working people and to do something about the insecurities facing families. After each item, please tell me whether you would favor or oppose that policy.)...Give parents a choice in where they send their kids to school, including charter schools and vouchers....(Would that be strongly favor/oppose or somewhat favor/oppose?)
Sample: National voters
Democracy Corps/Women's Voices. Women Vote Poll, [Jul, 2013]




(Next, suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates.) Would you vote for or against...a system giving parents government funded school vouchers to pay for tuition at the public, private or religious school of their choice?
Gallup Poll, [Apr, 2013]




Based on what you know, or have heard from others...In general, do you favor or oppose 'school vouchers'?...Strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, strongly oppose
Schooling in America Survey, [Apr, 2013]



Rating Public Schools

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(Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields--very high, high, average, low, or very low?) How about...grade school teachers?
Gallup Poll, [Dec, 2013]




(When thinking about what you should be doing on each of the following financial activities, how would you rate your actual performance? Are you ahead of where you think you should be, about on track with where you think you should be, or are you behind where you think you should be?)...Saving for your kids' college education
Note: Asked of Form B half sample
Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll, [Nov, 2013]




From what you know, how would you rate the quality of education offered by each of the following--as generally excellent, good, only fair, or poor?...Four-year colleges and universities
Gallup Poll, [Oct, 2013]



Violence in Schools

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(As you know public officials have proposed a variety of ideas to reduce mass shootings. As I read a list of proposed ideas, please tell me whether you think each of the following would have a serious impact in reducing mass shootings, or not.)...More armed guards at schools, government buildings, and other public places
United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, [Sep, 2013]




Which of the following do you think would do the most to reduce mass shootings--background checks for all legal gun transfers, including those between private individuals, expanding availability of mental health services, more armed guards at schools, government buildings, and other public places, tougher enforcement of existing gun laws, a ban on assault weapons, or limits on the size of ammunition clips?
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23     Background checks for all legal gun transfers, including those between private individuals
21     Expanding availability of mental health services
16     More armed guards at schools, government buildings, and other public places
14     Tougher enforcement of existing gun laws
14     A ban on assault weapons
6     Limits on the size of ammunition clips
2     Something else (Vol.)
2     None of these would make an impact (Vol.)
2     Don't know/Refused
United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, [Sep, 2013]




(Thinking about mass shootings that have occurred in the United States in recent years, from what you know or have read, how much do you think each of the following factors is to blame for the shootings--a great deal, a fair amount, not much, or not at all?) How about...insufficient security at public buildings including businesses and schools?
Gallup Poll, [Sep, 2013]



No Child Left Behind Act

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Next, how familiar are you with the No Child Left Behind Act, the federal education law passed in 2002--very familiar, somewhat familiar, not too familiar, or not familiar at all?
Gallup Poll, [Aug, 2012]




From what you have, may have, heard or read, do you think the No Child Left Behind Act has generally made the education received by public school students in the United States--better, has it not made much difference, or has it made it worse?
Note: Asked of those very/somewhat/not too familiar with the No Child Left Behind Act (86%)
Gallup Poll, [Aug, 2012]




(Next I'd like to ask about some things that have been in the news. Please answer as best you can. If you don't know the answer just tell me and we'll move to the next question.)...The Obama administration is proposing revisions to the 'No Child Left Behind' Act. That legislation deals with which of the following issues. Is it education, adoption, transportation, or nutrition?
Pew Weekly News Interest Index Poll, [Mar, 2011]



Brown vs Board of Education/Segregation/Integration

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Which one of the following do you think would do the most to reduce the income gap between white and minority families increasing the number of minority young people who graduate from high school and college, more personal responsibility in the minority community, more efforts to combat racial discrimination in the workplace or increasing integration of housing and schools?
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37     Increasing the number of minority young people who graduate from high school and college
36     More personal responsibility in the minority community
12     More efforts to combat racial discrimination in the workplace
9     Increasing integration of housing and schools
6     Don't know/Refused
University of Phoenix/National Journal Next America Poll, [Apr, 2012]




And which of these court trials focused on whether evolution could be taught in public schools?...The Scopes trial, the Salem witch trials, Brown vs. Board of Education
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Religious Knowledge Survey, [May, 2010]




(To what extent do you support or oppose the following policies that could be adopted in the United States at the national level to integrate legal immigrants and their families?...Strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, strongly oppose)...Promoting the teaching of mutual respect in schools
Transatlantic Trends Immigration Survey, [Aug, 2008]



Drugs & Schools

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And, off the following, what would you say is the biggest threat to your child's/your children's safety and wellbeing?...Unsafe driving, drug and alcohol use, bullying, doing poorly in school, online predators, street violence, unsafe sex, none of these
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31     Unsafe driving
29     Drug and alcohol use
25     Bullying
16     Doing poorly in school
17     Online predators
14     Street violence
10     Unsafe sex
5     None of these
4     Don't know/Refused
Note: Asked of parents of school-age children
Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll, [Sep, 2013]




In the following question, the word 'drug' includes marijuana and prescription drugs when they are used without a prescription to get high. To the best of your knowledge, is your teen's school a 'drug-free' school or is it not 'drug-free', meaning some students keep drugs, use drugs or sell drugs on school grounds?
CASA 2011 Attitudes on Substance Abuse Survey, [Mar, 2011]




(To what extent is each of the following a source of stress or anxiety for your high-school-age child?...Not at all stressful, a little stressful, somewhat stressful, very stressful)...Pressure to use other drugs
CASA 2010 Adolescent Substance Use Survey, [Nov, 2010]



Prayer in School

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(Now please tell me if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree with the following statements.)...Public high schools should be allowed to sponsor prayer before football games. (Read for first item, then repeat as necessary:) Do you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree?
Public Religion Research Institute Religion & Politics Tracking Survey, [Jan, 2013]




The United States Supreme Court has ruled that no state or local government may require the reading of the Lord's Prayer or Bible verses in public schools. What are your views on this--do you approve or disapprove of the court ruling?
Note: Asked of 2/3 sample
General Social Survey 2012, [Mar, 2012]




Do you think the federal courts are correct in ruling that the Constitution allows government to stop prayer in schools and on public property, or do you think when the Constitution says no branch of the government shall interfere with the free exercise of religion that it gives Americans the right to pray anywhere they want?
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12     Courts right to stop prayer in schools
84     Constitution gives right to pray anywhere
5     Don't know
Sample: National registered voters
FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll, [Sep, 2010]



Sex Education in School

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(Do you favor or oppose the following issues?...Strongly favor, favor, oppose, strongly oppose)...Comprehensive sex education in public schools.
Note: Blacks
PRRI African American & Hispanic Reproductive Issues Survey, [Jun, 2012]




(Do you favor or oppose the following issues?...Strongly favor, favor, oppose, strongly oppose)...Comprehensive sex education in public schools.
Note: Hispanics
PRRI African American & Hispanic Reproductive Issues Survey, [Jun, 2012]




(Now I am going to read you some of the things critics are saying about name of House incumbent and the Republican Congress. After I read each one, please tell me whether this raises very serious doubts, serious doubts, minor doubts, or no real doubts in your own mind about Republicans in Congress and name of House incumbent.)...Name of House incumbent voted for the largest cuts ever for education programs, including cuts to classroom technology and Pell Grants, that many Americans need to move into the middle class and voted to weaken legislation prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded education programs.
Sample: Likely voters in Republican/Democratic held battleground districts
Note: Asked of Form C half sample of those in Republican districts
Democracy Corps/Women's Voices. Women Vote Poll, [Mar, 2012]



Confidence in the Public Schools

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(Now I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one--a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little?)...The public schools
Gallup Poll, [Jun, 2013]




(Now I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one--a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little?)...The public schools
Gallup Poll, [Jun, 2012]




Do you have trust and confidence in the men and women who are teaching children in the public schools?
Attitudes Toward The Public Schools Survey, [May, 2012]



From the Archives


(To get down to cases, here is a list of six kinds of federal aid some people have suggested ought to be given to parochial schools.) Would you agree or disagree that federal money should be given to schools run by churches to help pay for...physical examinations for every child?
Roper Commercial Survey, [Jul, 1950]




All in all, do you favor or oppose all...High school...pupils being required to have computer instruction?
Road After 1984: The Impact Of Technology On Society, [Sep, 1983]




Do you think the curriculum in the public schools in your community needs to be changed to meet today's needs, or do you think it already meets today's needs?
Gallup/PDK Poll of Public Attitudes Toward the Public Schools 1997, [Jun, 1997]




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answered Very big when asked "(In your view--how big of an obstacle is each one of the following to obtaining a college degree?...Very big, somewhat big, not very big, not an obstacle)...Balancing college with family and work commitments"
Northeastern University Innovation in Higher Education Survey, [Oct, 2012]


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