ERIC Number: ED484962
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Learn. Vote. Act. The Public's Responsibility for Public Education. 2004 National Survey of Public Opinion
Lau, Barbara, Ed.
Public Education Network
Over the past several years, Public Education Network and Education Week (PEN/Ed Week) have systematically explored the degree to which the American public takes responsibility for quality public education, and the degree to which the public holds itself and its elected officials accountable for promoting policies that support quality education for all children. This document examines the priority the public places on education, what voters want from elected officials, and what citizens, including the 75 percent of adults who do not have children in school, have done and are willing to do to improve public education. The national public opinion poll of 1,050 registered voters was conducted by Lake Snell Perry and Associates during the week of January 26?30, 2004. The report includes analysis of a base of 800 male and female voters with an oversample of 125 registered African Americans and 125 registered Latino voters, and also includes information from three focus groups of African Americans, Latinos, and whites, with and without children. The margin of error is +/- 3.5 percent. The poll used a split sample technique on specific questions or series of questions to track reactions to different information or language on similar topics. Results reveal that the American public continues to see education as a vital national priority, an important investment in the future, and a major issue in the upcoming local, state, and national elections. In 2004, a time of war and concern over joblessness, the economy, and healthcare, education is nonetheless at the top of the public's "to-do" list.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: MetLife Foundation, Inc.
Authoring Institution: Public Education Network, Washington, DC.; Education Week