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ERIC Number: EJ776562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
Cooking the Questions? The 33rd Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools
Moe, Terry M.
Education Next, v2 n1 p71-77 Spr 2002
The author asserts that the questions in Phi Delta Kappa's (PDK) recent poll on the issue of school vouchers were purposely designed to reflect negatively on the voucher issue. From the 1970s until 1991, PDK measured voucher support with a survey item that defined vouchers as a government-funded program allowing parents to choose among public, private, and parochial schools. After support rose to 50 percent (with 39 percent opposed) in 1991, PDK abruptly dropped this item in favor of a new one. The new question read: "Do you favor or oppose allowing students and parents to choose a private school to attend at public expense?" This question, first asked in 1993, gave results that were strikingly more negative: only 24 percent expressed support. The author argues that this change in the framing of the question has a marked influence on the response of many Americans. Comparing the response to this question with those for the second question in PDK's poll and for other polls, the author concludes that support for vouchers has not actually fallen, and that PDK's poll is designed to elicit a biased response. (Contains 4 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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