ERIC Number: ED352243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Public Mind: Views of Pennsylvania Citizens. Report No. 3.
Mansfield Univ., PA.
During February-March 1991, 1,518 randomly selected Pennsylvania adults with listed telephone numbers were surveyed on political, educational, and health issues. With regard to education, respondents: (1) strongly favored limiting class size to 15 students in grades K-3, and funding public education through the state income tax (not local taxes); (2) somewhat favored denying high school dropouts a driver's license until age 18; (3) somewhat opposed extending the school year beyond its present 180 days; and (4) split over corporal punishment in public schools and teachers' right to strike. On health issues, public opinion strongly favored testing sex criminals for AIDS, legalizing physician assistance to euthanasia, and setting a legal age for smoking. A large majority felt that abortion is a private matter between a woman and her doctor, but also favored parental or husband notification, a 24-hour waiting period, and mandatory counseling. Most respondents thought that the state should handle its budget problems by cutting spending rather than by raising taxes. Specific questions addressed taxes, possible cuts in services, and legalized gambling. In a test of socio-political awareness, Pennsylvanians underestimated the state population and overestimated the state's black and elderly populations; 85% knew the governor's name, but only 31% knew both state senators. Data tables detail responses by age, sex, regional and rural/urban residence, educational attainment, political affiliation, and socio-political awareness score. (SV)
Descriptors: Abortions, Budgeting, Educational Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Political Attitudes, Public Education, Public Opinion, Rural Urban Differences, School Attitudes, State Government, State Surveys, Taxes
Rural Services Institute, Mansfield Univ., 209 Doane Center, Mansfield, PA 16933 ($10).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mansfield Univ., PA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania