ERIC Number: ED189692
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar-18
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship Between Votes on Statewide Tax and Expenditure Limitations and Public Attitudes Toward Schools.
Immediately after the November 1978 general election, the Education Finance Center of the Education Commission of the States conducted a public opinion poll by telephone in four states that had tax and expenditure limitation measures on the ballot: Colorado, Ohio, Michigan, and Oregon. Those who voted positively and negatively on both tax cut measures and expenditure limitation measures tended to be habitual voters who felt the issue was important and were concerned with their own economic self-interest. Voting decisions on tax cut measures were related to the socioeconomic status of the voter, while decisions on expenditure limitation measures were related to attitudes about the role of government. The more severe the measure, the more likely the measure was to be related to attitudes about public school expenditure, and the more likely those attitudes were to be negative. Analysis also showed a great divergence in the attitudes and characteristics that were related to the desire to reduce school expenditures across the four states. This indicates that there are no universal signs to suggest that support for public schools is falling. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Colorado; Idaho; Michigan; Oregon; Tax and Expenditure Limitations; Voting Behavior
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Finance Association (San Diego, CA, March 16-18, 1980). Tables may not reproduce clearly due to small print of original document.