Advocates Use Polling to Shape Agenda
April 5, 2019

Having the support of the public is a powerful thing. Below is a roundup of how Network members gauge the general public and strategically share the results to shape public policy.

2019 HawaiiKidsCAN Public Education Survey

In Hawaii, HawaiiKidsCAN released polling results showing that Hawaii voters appear eager for greater investment and greater innovation in their public school system. Their polling found support for

  • Better pay specifically for teachers who work with students who have special needs
  • Greater diversity in the pool of school principals
  • More flexibility for parents to select the school of their choice

View the full results here.

Arizona Polling Shows Support for Funding

In December, Expect More Arizona released a poll showing that, for the fourth straight year, education is the top issue in Arizona. According to the results, “voters continue to rank teacher pay and a general lack of funding to be our state’s most significant education issues.” More recently, Stand for Children Arizona released polling results showing strong support for increased education funding. According to that poll, “88 percent of Arizonans believe there is a need for additional funding for our public schools. Even more revealing, 66 percent would vote to increase taxes in order to provide additional funding for Arizona’s public schools — up three points from last year.”  

AFC Poll Shows Rise in Support of School Choice

The American Federation for Children paired up with Beck Research to survey 1,200 likely 2020 voters about their viewpoints on school choice. The survey found that “67 percent of voters support school choice, an increase of 4 percentage points compared to the 2018.” View the full results here.

Poll of the South

Last year, a coalition of advocacy groups in the south, named the Columbia Group, partnered together to commission the first-ever Education Poll of the South that surveyed voters across 10 Southern states and portions of Florida and Virginia. The Columbia Group includes PIE Network members Tennessee SCORE, A+ Education Partnership, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, and Mississippi First. The poll found that

  • 74 percent of voters see differences in quality of education across their states
  • 85 percent of voters say states should fix differences in education
  • 84 percent of voters say states should adjust funding to address differences

If you’re looking to engage in public opinion polling and want to connect with any of the groups above, reach out.


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