ERIC Number: ED362347
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Public Mind: Views of Pennsylvania Citizens. Education, Welfare Reform, Reducing Smoking, Workman's Compensation, Children's Health & Safety, Unintended Pregnancies/Births. Report No. 5.
Mansfield Univ., PA. Rural Services Inst.
A telephone survey of a random sample of over 1,650 Pennsylvania citizens solicited opinions on proposals for improvements in the areas of: (1) welfare reform; (2) smoking reduction; (3) unintended pregnancies and unwanted births; (4) education reform; (5) children's health and safety; and (6) workmen's compensation. Each section of this report provides a bar graph showing the percentage of citizens supporting each proposal along with a narrative description of each proposal and results. In addition, tables list breakdowns of responses by rural and urban status, region, age, sex, marital status, educational level, political affiliation, religious preference, and age of children. Results of the education portion of the survey show that the majority of Pennsylvanians support: (1) funding additional Head Start classes; (2) lowering the age of required school attendance from 8 to 5 or 6; (3) requiring financially able parents to pay for college; (4) raising the legal dropout age from 16 to 18; (5) funding public education mostly through state income tax; (6) mandating full-day kindergarten; and (7) banning physical punishment in public schools. Only 40 percent support an increase in the number of school days in a school year. Appendices provide a map of regional and urban-rural classification, lists of urban and rural counties, and characteristics of the sample survey. (KS)
Descriptors: Child Health, Educational Attitudes, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Pregnancy, Public Opinion, Public Policy, Rural Urban Differences, Safety, Smoking, Social Attitudes, Telephone Surveys, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services, Workers Compensation
Rural Services Institute, 209 Doane Center, Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA 16933 ($2.50 shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mansfield Univ., PA. Rural Services Inst.
Note: For the May 1992 report, see ED 355 049.