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The Gallup Poll on Education

 

http://www.gallup.com/poll/indicators/indeducation.asp

 

 

GALLUP POLL TOPICS: A-Z

Education

 

Based on what you have read or heard, do you favor or oppose the school voucher program George W. Bush has proposed?

 

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2001 Apr 20-22

47

35

18

2001 Jan 5-7

45

36

19

 

In your opinion, what is the single most important thing that could be done to prevent another incidence of school shootings by students, like the recent ones in California?

 

2001 Mar 26-28

1999 May 7-9 ^

Parent involvement/responsibility

31

32

More security at schools

14

16

Better gun control/laws/issues

11

12

Better education/students/parents

6

3

Control media violence/video games/Internet

5

4

Lift laws on disciplining children

4

6

Put prayer back in school/home

3

3

Raise morals/people’s standards

3

3

Better communication between students/parents/teachers

3

4

Monitor/watch students more closely

3

--

Stop bullies/bullying

2

--

More counselors/counseling/teachers

2

6

Stricter punishment on children/laws

2

2

Report threats/take threats more seriously

1

--

Dress codes/uniforms

*

1

None

1

1

Other

2

4

No opinion

7

3

^ WORDING: Next we have some questions about the shooting at the Littleton, Colorado high school where 2 students killed 12 of their classmates and one teacher. In your opinion, what is the single most important thing that could be done to prevent another incidence of school shootings by students, like the one in Littleton?

 

 

 

How important do you think each of the following is as a cause of the school shootings that have been occurring -- extremely important, very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

A. The home life students have today, including their relationship with their parents

 

Extremely important

Very important

Somewhat important

Not too important

Not at all important

No
opinion

2001 Mar 26-28

57

35

4

2

1

1

 

B. Bullying and teasing of students at school

 

Extremely important

Very important

Somewhat important

Not too important

Not at all important

No
opinion

2001 Mar 26-28

29

33

23

8

5

2

 

C. The portrayal of violence and use of guns in today’s entertainment and music

 

Extremely important

Very important

Somewhat important

Not too important

Not at all important

No
opinion

2001 Mar 26-28

38

30

17

7

6

2

 

D. The coverage given to school shootings by the news media

 

Extremely important

Very important

Somewhat important

Not too important

Not at all important

No
opinion

2001 Mar 26-28

32

32

23

7

3

3

 

E. The availability and ease of obtaining guns by students

 

Extremely important

Very important

Somewhat important

Not too important

Not at all important

No
opinion

2001 Mar 26-28

46

31

10

6

5

2

 

F. The way schools discipline their students

 

Extremely important

Very important

Somewhat important

Not too important

Not at all important

No
opinion

2001 Mar 26-28

31

36

17

8

3

5

 

G. The size of high schools today in terms of the number of students who attend

 

Extremely important

Very important

Somewhat important

Not too important

Not at all important

No
opinion

2001 Mar 26-28

20

29

26

15

6

4

 

H. The fact that families move around and the students don’t have roots in one specific town

 

Extremely important

Very important

Somewhat important

Not too important

Not at all important

No
opinion

2001 Mar 26-28

17

26

28

18

9

2

 

 

SUMMARY TABLE OF IMPORTANCE

2001 Mar 26-28
(sorted by "extremely")


Extremely


Very


Somewhat

% Important

The home life students have today, including their relationship with their parents

57

35

4

96

The availability and ease of obtaining guns by students

46

31

10

87

The portrayal of violence and use of guns in today’s entertainment and music

38

30

17

85

The coverage given to school shootings by the news media

32

32

23

87

The way schools discipline their students

31

36

17

84

Bullying and teasing of students at school

29

33

23

85

The size of high schools today in terms of the number of students who attend

20

29

26

78

The fact that families move around and the students don’t have roots in one specific town

17

26

28

71

 

 

 

Overall, do you feel the news media have acted responsibly or irresponsibly in covering the recent school shootings?

 

 

Responsibly

Irresponsibly

No opinion

2001 Mar 26-28

57

37

6

1999 Apr 26-27 ^

67

29

4

^ WORDING: Overall, do you feel the news media have acted responsibly or irresponsibly in this situation? (Columbine/Littleton shooting)

 

Thinking about your oldest child, when he or she is at school, do you fear for his or her physical safety?

BASED ON -- 299 -- K-12 PARENTS; �6 PCT. PTS.

 

Yes, fear

No, do not

No opinion

%

%

%

2001 Mar 9-11

45

54

1

2000 Aug 24-27

26

74

0

2000 Apr 7-9

43

57

0

1999 Aug 24-26

47

53

*

1999 May 21-23

52

47

1

1999 Apr 26-27

49

51

*

1999 Apr 21

55

45

0

1998 Jun 5-7

37

62

1

1977^

24

70

6

^ Gallup for Kettering Foundation
* Less than 0.5%

 

 

Have any of your school-aged children expressed any worry or concern about feeling unsafe at their school when they go to school?

BASED ON -- 299 -- K-12 PARENTS; �6 PCT. PTS.

 

Yes

No

No opinion

%

%

%

2001 Mar 9-11

22

77

1

2000 Aug 24-27 ^

8

92

*

1999 Aug 24-26 ^

18

82

*

^ WORDING: Have any of your school-aged children expressed any worry or concern about feeling unsafe at their school when they go back to school this fall?
* Less than 0.5%

 

In your opinion, how likely is it that these kinds of shootings could happen in your community, is it -- very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely, or very unlikely?

 

Very
likely

Somewhat likely

Somewhat unlikely

Very
unlikely

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2001 Mar 9-11

31

34

20

13

2

2000 Apr 7-9 ^

30

36

18

13

3

1999 May 21-23 ^

37

37

14

11

1

1999 Apr 21 †

30

38

14

15

3

^ WORDING: As you may know, it has been nearly one year since the shooting at Columbine High School, the Littleton, Colorado school where 2 students killed 12 of their classmates and one teacher [April 20, 1999]. In your opinion, how likely is it that these kinds of shootings could happen in your community, is it very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely, or very unlikely?
WORDING: Next we have some questions about the shooting at the Littleton, Colorado high school [April 20, 1999] where 15 students were killed by two of their classmates. In your opinion, how likely is it that these kinds of shootings could happen in your community, is it very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely, or very unlikely? [Based on one-night poll.]

 

 

Which of the following statements comes closer to your view of shootings like the recent ones that have occurred in schools -- [ROTATED: they are indications that there is something seriously wrong in the country today (or) they are isolated incidents that do not indicate anything about the country in general]?

 

Something seriously wrong

Isolated
incidents


OTHER (vol.)

No
opinion

2001 Mar 9-11

75%

22

1

2

1999 Apr 21 ^

79%

17

1

3

^ WORDING: Which of the following statements comes closer to your view of shootings like the one in Colorado -- they are indications that there is something seriously wrong in the country today, or they are isolated incidents that do not indicate anything about the country in general? [Based on one-night poll.]
(vol.) Volunteered response

 

 

 

Which of the following statements comes closer to your overall view -- [ROTATED: government and society can take action that will be effective in preventing shootings like the recent ones in schools from happening again (or) shootings like the recent ones in schools will happen again regardless of what action is taken by government and society]?

 

 

Government/society can take action

Will happen again
regardless

No
opinion

%

%

%

2001 Mar 9-11

49

47

4

2000 Apr 7-9 ^

47

49

4

1999 Apr 21 †

53

43

4

^ WORDING: (As you may know, it has been nearly one year since the shooting at Columbine High School, the Littleton, Colorado school where 2 students killed 12 of their classmates and one teacher.) Which of the following statements comes closer to your overall view -- government and society can take action that will be effective in preventing shootings like the one in Colorado from happening again (or) shootings like the one in Colorado will happen again regardless of what action is taken by government and society?
WORDING: Which of the following statements comes closer to your overall view -- government and society can take action that will be effective in preventing shootings like the one in [Littleton] Colorado [April 20, 1999] from happening again (or) shootings like the one in Colorado will happen again regardless of what action is taken by government and society? [Based on one-night poll.]

 

NEXT TWO QUESTION ROTATE

 

Next I'm going to read a variety of proposals concerning religion and public schools. For each one, please tell me whether you would generally favor or oppose it. First, ... Next, ... [RANDOM ORDER]

[BASED ON – 529 – NATIONAL ADULTS IN FORM A; �4 PCT. PTS.]

  1. Making public school facilities available after school hours for use by student religious groups

 

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2001 Feb 9-11

72

26

2

1999 Jun 25-27

78

21

1

 

B. Allowing daily prayer to be spoken in the classroom

 

 

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2001 Feb 9-11

66

34

*

2000 Sep 11-13

68

30

2

1999 Jun 25-27

70

28

2

 

 

C. Allowing students to say prayers at graduation ceremonies as part of the official program

 

 

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2001 Feb 9-11

80

20

*

2000 Sep 11-13

77

21

2

1999 Jun 25-27

83

17

*

 

 

Thinking about the presence that religion currently has in public schools in this country, do you think religion has – [ROTATED: too much of a presence in public schools, about the right amount, (or) too little of a presence in public schools]?

[BASED ON – 487 -- NATIONAL ADULTS IN FORM B; �4 PCT. PTS.]

 

Too much
of a presence

About the
right amount

Too little
of a presence

No
opinion

2001 Feb 9-11

7

28

63

2

 

 

Do you think Bush will or will not be able to pass the school voucher program that he has proposed?

 

 

Will

Will not

No opinion

2001 Jan 5-7

31

53

16

 

 

How would you rate the job the United States’ public school system is doing in educating our young people -- excellent, good, only fair, or poor?

 


Excellent

Good


Only fair


Poor

No
opinion

2001 Jan 5-7

6

31

38

24

1

 

 

Please tell me how much each of the following proposals would improve public schools -- a great deal, fair amount, not much, or not at all? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

 

 

A. Providing more federal money for programs specified by the federal government

 

A great
deal

Fair
amount

Not
much

Not
at all

No
opinion

2001 Jan 5-7

29

37

19

11

4

 

 

B. Providing more federal money for local school districts to use as they see fit

 

A great
deal

Fair
amount

Not
much

Not
at all

No
opinion

2001 Jan 5-7

40

40

12

7

1

 

 

C. Paying teachers better

 

A great
deal

Fair
amount

Not
much

Not
at all

No
opinion

2001 Jan 5-7

52

32

10

4

2

 

 

D. Using standardized tests to hold schools accountable

 

A great
deal

Fair
amount

Not
much

Not
at all

No
opinion

2001 Jan 5-7

38

35

15

9

3

 

 

 

E. Providing school vouchers

 

A great
deal

Fair
amount

Not
much

Not
at all

No
opinion

2001 Jan 5-7

21

33

18

20

8

 

 

F. Providing charter schools

 

A great
deal

Fair
amount

Not
much

Not
at all

No
opinion

2001 Jan 5-7

17

36

21

12

14

 

 

 

"A GREAT DEAL/FAIR AMOUNT" SUMMARY



A great deal



Fair
amount

A great deal/
Fair amount

Paying teachers better

52

32

84

Providing more federal money for local school districts to use as they see fit

40

40

80

Using standardized tests to hold schools accountable

38

35

73

Providing more federal money for programs specified by the federal government

29

37

66

Providing school vouchers

21

33

54

Providing charter schools

17

36

53

 

 

NEXT TWO QUESTIONS SPLIT SAMPLED

Should public school students be required to pass a standardized test in order to be promoted to the next grade, or not?

[BASED ON -- 514 -- NATIONAL ADULTS IN FORM A; �4 PCT. PTS.]

 

Yes, should be

No, should not

No opinion

2001 Jan 5-7

77

20

3

 

 

Do you think it is fair or unfair to use a single standardized test to determine what a student knows or has achieved?

[BASED ON -- 504 -- NATIONAL ADULTS IN FORM B; �5 PCT. PTS.]

 

Fair

Unfair

No opinion

2001 Jan 5-7

45

53

2

 

 

Do you think standardized tests are or are not an accurate way to measure whether students have learned what they need to in order to pass to the next grade?

 

Are

Are not

No opinion

2001 Jan 5-7

54

41

5

 

 

 

If cost were not a factor, where would you prefer to send a child of yours -- to a public school or to a private or parochial school? [IF NO CHILD: Suppose you did have a school-age child?]

 

 


Public school

Private/parochial school


No opinion

2001 Jan 5-7

44

55

1

1993 Jan 8-11

44

55

1

 

 

 

Do you think that colleges should or should not be allowed to consider race as a factor in student admission decisions?

 

Yes, should

No, should not

No opinion

2001 Jan 5-7

11

87

2

 

 

 

 

 

Education, continued

 

Suppose that on election day this year you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Please tell me whether you would vote for or against each one of the following propositions. Would you vote -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

For or against a constitutional amendment to permit prayer in the public schools

 

 

For

Against

No opinion

2000 Oct 25-28

69

29

2

1996 Apr 25-28

73

25

2

1984 ^

69

24

7

1982 ^

73

27

0

^

WORDING: Favor or oppose…

 

For against a system giving parents government funded school vouchers to pay for tuition at the public, private or religious school of their choice

 

For

Against

No opinion

2000 Oct 25-28

56

39

5

1996 Sep 3-5 ^

59

34

7

1996 Apr 25-28

59

37

4

^

Based on half sample

 

For or against a law that would require new public school teachers to pass a competency test in teaching skills and the subject they will be teaching

 

For

Against

No opinion

2000 Oct 25-28

95

4

1

 

 

 

For or against a law that would require all students in public schools to take national standardized tests every year

 

For

Against

No opinion

2000 Oct 25-28

75

21

4

 

Overall, how satisfied are you with the quality of education students receive in grades kindergarten through grade twelve in the U.S. today -- would you say completely satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied or completely dissatisfied?

 

 

Completely satisfied

Somewhat satisfied

Somewhat dissatisfied

Completely dissatisfied

No
opinion

2000 Aug 24-27

7

29

40

21

3

1999 Aug 24-26

8

39

38

13

2

 

 

Just your opinion, are the taxes you pay in your local school district too high, too low, or about right?

 

Too high

Too low

About right

No opinion

2000 Aug 24-27

26

9

58

7

 

 

Would you be willing to pay higher taxes in order to improve the quality of education in your local school district, or not?

 

 

Yes, willing

No, not willing

No opinion

2000 Aug 24-27

67

31

2

 

 

 

Just your opinion, what is most important in determining how well-educated a student is when he or she graduates from high school -- [ROTATED]: the intelligence they were born with, the family background and environment in which the child is raised, (or) the quality of the teachers and schools in which the child receives his or her education?

 

Intelligence they were
born with

Family background/
environment

Quality of teachers/
schools


Mixed/Neither (vol.)


No
opinion

2000 Aug 24-27

4

38

37

20

1

 

 

 

CHILDREN UNDER 18 -- FOR SCREENING PURPOSES ONLY

CHILDREN ATTENDING SCHOOL -- FOR SCREENING PURPOSES ONLY

 

Will that child attend public, private or parochial school?

[BASED ON -- 282 -- K-12 PARENTS; � 6 PCT PTS]

 


Public


Private


Parochial

Home School (vol.)

No
opinion

2000 Aug 24-27

86

9

4

1

*

1999 Aug 24-26

86

10

4

*

0

 

 

How satisfied are you with the quality of education your oldest child is receiving? Would you say completely satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied or completely dissatisfied?

[BASED ON -- 282 -- K-12 PARENTS; � 6 PCT PTS]

 


Completely satisfied


Somewhat satisfied


Somewhat dissatisfied


Completely dissatisfied

Just starting school (vol.)


No
opinion

2000 Aug 24-27

31

47

12

6

4

*

1999 Aug 24-26

37

46

12

2

2

1

 

In terms of its impact on your vote for president, is the issue of education more important, about the same, or less important to you today than it has been in recent presidential elections?

 

More important

About the same

Less important

No opinion

2000 Apr 7-9
National adults

63%

29

5

3

K-12 Parents

76%

21

2

1

 

 

 

 

Would you say that public education today in grades K through 12 is better, about the same, or worse than when you were a student?

 

 

Better

About the same

Worse

No opinion

2000 Apr 7-9
National adults

28%

15

54

3

K-12 Parents

33%

12

52

3

 

 

 

 

In terms of public education in this country, do you think the federal government: should be more involved in education than it currently is, should keep its involvement about the same, or should be less involved in education than it currently is? [RANDOM ORDER]

 

National Adults

K-12 Parents

More involved

46%

50

Keep involvement same

22%

22

Less involved

29%

26

No opinion

3%

2

 

 

 

 

What action by the federal government do you think would be most effective in helping to improve public schools in the United States today? [Open-ended; Record up to three mentions]

 

National adults

K-12 Parents

Funding/More money for education (general)

30%

33%

Standards for teachers/Teacher testing/Improve quality of teachers

13

11

Teacher pay/Pay teachers more money

9

9

Operate at the state/local level

8

8

Less government involvement

7

7

Discipline

5

5

Class size/Smaller classes

4

5

Curriculum/Go back to teaching basics

4

4

Standards for students/Testing students

4

4

Control violence/Make schools safer

3

4

Bring prayer back in schools

3

3

Hire more teachers

2

3

Provide better school supplies/Materials/technology

2

4

School buildings/Build more schools

2

1

Allow vouchers

2

3

Monitor schools more closely/Be more involved

2

3

Parental involvement

1

2

Equal funding across the board

1

2

More well rounded curriculum

1

2

More activities/Programs for kids

1

2

Need to be regulated/Standardized

1

1

Tax cuts/Advantages

1

1

More involved with students

*

1

Drug education/Awareness

*

1

School choice

*

*

Teacher incentives

*

1

Better schools (general)

*

*

Not allowing vouchers

*

*

Longer schools session

*

--

Parental guidance/Role models

*

*

Other

10

10

Nothing

4

1

No opinion

12

9

 

 

 

 

Overall, would you say that teacher salaries in the United States are too high, about right or too low?

 

Too high

About right

Too low

No opinion

2000 Apr 7-9
National adults

5%

26

62

7

K-12 Parents

5%

24

65

6

 

 

 

 

Do you have any children now attending school in kindergarten through grade 12?

 

 

Yes

No

No opinion

2000 Apr 7-9, 2000

31%

69

0

 

Next we have a question about the amount of federal government involvement in public elementary and high schools in this country. Do you think the amount of federal involvement should be - [ROTATE: greater than it is now, about the same, or less than it is now?]

 

Greater than it is now About the same Less than it is now No opinion
2000 Jan 13-16 31% 35 30 4

In your view, should the government spend money to assist low-income families who want to send their children to private or religious schools, or should government money only be spent on children who attend public schools?

 

Assist families who send children to private/ religious schools Spend money on public schools No opinion
2000 Jan 13-16 36% 60 4
 
1999 Mar 25-27* 34% 54 12
1992 Aug 19-20* 23% 64 13

(*) A Time/CNN poll; Question wording: In your view, should the government spend money to assist families who want to send their children to private or religious schools, or should government money only be spent on children who attend public schools?

Next, I'd like you to rate your satisfaction with the state of the nation in some different areas. For each of the following areas, please say whether you are very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, not too satisfied, or not at all satisfied? How about… the quality of education of this country?

 

Very satisfied Somewhat satisfied Not too satisfied Not at all satisfied No opinion
2000 Jan 7-10 13% 41 28 17 1
 
1997 Jan 10-13 10% 36 30 23 1
1993 Jan 8-11 8% 36 32 23 2

Using the same scale, how satisfied are you with the quality of the education you personally received, in kindergarten through grade twelve? (Would you say completely satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied or completely dissatisfied?)

 

K-12 EDUCATION YOU RECEIVED Aug 24-26, 1999
Completely satisfied 35
Somewhat satisfied 46
Somewhat dissatisfied 13
Completely dissatisfied 5
No opinion 1
  100%

Finally, how satisfied are you with the quality of education which college students receive in American colleges and universities today? (Would you say completely satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied or completely dissatisfied?)

 

U.S. COLLEGE EDUCATION Aug 24-26, 1999
Completely satisfied 19%
Somewhat satisfied 56
Somewhat dissatisfied 17
Completely dissatisfied 4
No opinion 4
  100%

SPLIT SAMPLE

Do you think salaries for teachers in your community are too high, too low or just about right?

[BASED ON -- 488 -- RESPONDENTS ASKED FORM A; � 5 PCT PTS]

 

Too high Too low About right No opinion
1999 Aug 24-26 6% 53% 37% 4%
Gallup/PDK Trend:
1990 5 50 31 14
1985 6 33 43 18
1984 7 37 41 15
1983 8 35 31 26
1981 10 29 41 20
1969 2 33 43 22

Thinking about public school in kindergarten through grade 12, do you think salaries for public school teachers in your community are too high, too low or just about right?

[BASED ON -- 540 -- RESPONDENTS ASKED FORM B; � 5 PCT PTS]

 

Aug 24-26, 1999
Too high 7%
Too low 56
About right 35
No opinion 2
  100%

Next, I'm going to read some areas of instruction that high schools might offer. Please say whether you think each one should be required instruction, could be offered as an elective but should not be required, or should not be taught at all. First, ... How about ...[RANDOM ORDER]

 

Aug 24-26, 1999 Required Offered, but not required Not offered at all No opinion
Computer training 83% 16% 1% *%
Drug and alcohol abuse prevention 76 21 2 1
Driver education 69 29 2 *
Sex education 60 32 8 *
Environmental issues and problems 58 38 3 1
Race relations 56 35 8 1
Parenting training 52 41 6 1
Character education 48 42 7 3
The theory of evolution 28 49 21 2
The theory of creationism 25 56 16 3
Teaching homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle 6 32 61 1

How serious a problem are each of the following at the school your oldest child attends -- very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not serious at all? First, ... How about ... [RANDOM ORDER]

[BASED ON -- 338 -- K-12 PARENTS; � 6 PCT PTS]

 

Very serious Somewhat serious Not too serious Not serious at all No opinion
Aug 24-26, 1999
Social pressure among students to be popular 25% 39% 21% 14% 1%
Discipline in the classroom 17 22 34 26 1
Drugs 17 26 28 27 2
Sex 14 26 30 28 2
Violence 13 15 38 33 1
Gangs 11 16 26 45 2

 

 

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