ERIC Number: ED476581
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
National Opinion Poll: Education, 2002.
Bositis, David A.
In 2002, a national opinion poll of 2,463 U.S. adults examined such topics as politics, education, crime and criminal justice policy, globalization, international relations, and race relations. The education poll focused on such issues as school quality, school safety, school vouchers, school violence, and same-sex education. The survey sample included a national general population sample of adults, a national sample of African American adults, and a national sample of Hispanic adults. Overall, Blacks and Whites ranked education as one of the most important national problems, though their views on the subject differed. African Americans' views were generally more positive in 2002 than 2000, while Whites' views remained unchanged. There was very strong support among African Americans for increasing government spending on education in both years. Whites in 2002 reported high levels of satisfaction with their local public schools and were more likely to think they improved than regressed over the previous 5 years. Whites also supported raising school spending. Hispanics rated their local public schools more favorably than Blacks, but less favorably than non-Hispanic Whites. They were much more likely than the other groups to believe that their local public schools had improved over the past 5 years. Their views on school spending were very similar to those of Blacks. While a solid majority of Black respondents supported vouchers, their opposition to vouchers increased by 16 percent. Responses to questions about school violence showed similar experiences among the three population groups. Appended are the survey methodology and tables. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Blacks, Educational Finance, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Hispanic Americans, Private Schools, Public Opinion, Public Schools, Racial Differences, Single Sex Schools, Tuition, Violence, Whites
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Washington, DC.
Note: For the 1999 poll on education, see ED 437 489.