Jan 07

Recent Poll Results Regarding Education

Below is a poll regarding education, funding, and public perception. The poll was done by EPIC-MRA.

 

A Majority offers positive rating for quality of education provided at most Michigan public school districts

A 52 to 40 percent majority offered a positive job rating for the overall quality of education provided by local public school districts in Michigan. This rating is lower than expected, but it is somewhat higher than the rating Governor Snyder received in the same survey for his job performance. Voters were split on rating his job performance with 49 percent offering a positive rating and 50 percent offering a negative rating. 

 

A narrow Majority said their local public school district receives too little state and local funding

The lower than expected rating for education quality could largely be explained by the fact that voters believe their local public school district receives too little state and local funding. A 51 percent majority said there is too little funding, including 24 percent who said there is “much too little funding”, with 35 percent saying their district receives the right amount of funding, and only 7 percent saying there is too much funding for local schools. 

 

Less than 3-in-10 Michigan voters said the state and local school taxes they pay are too high

Only 29 percent of Michigan voters said that state and local taxes they pay to fund the programs and services of their local public school district are too high, with 58 percent saying school taxes are about right and 8 percent saying they are too low. A cross-tabulation analysis revealed that self identified Democrats thought school taxes were too high by 23 percent, Independent voters by 35 percent and Republicans by 33 percent. 

 

While many public school teachers think voters have a negative view of teachers, it is really very positive

Many public school teachers have said that, because of frequent criticisms of public education and public school teachers, voters have a negative opinion of public school teachers and employees. Our recent poll revealed that nothing could be further from the truth. A 79 to 12 percent majority of Michigan voters have a favorable opinion of ‘public school teachers,’ including 32 percent with a “very favorable” opinion. Voters also have a favorable opinion of “public school employees,” with a 78 to 11 percent majority offering a favorable opinion, including 27 percent “very favorable.”   

 

Nearly half of Michigan voters say public school employees are paid “too little”

A 45 percent plurality of Michigan voters said that their local public school teachers and other public school employees are paid “too little” in salary and wages (not including health insurance, retirement and other benefits); with 36 percent saying they are paid ”about the right amount” and only 9 percent saying they are paid “too much.” 

 

Just over 4-in-10 said public school employees receive about the “right amount” of benefits

A 43 percent plurality of Michigan voters said that the health insurance, retirement and other benefits received by public school teachers and other public school employees are ”about right,” with 24 percent saying they receive “too little” and 19 percent saying they receive “too much” in employee benefits.