Ahead of the midterms, new polling shows waning confidence in public schools and a shift in voters’ attitudes towards conservative classroom policies
Throughout the summer, an array of new polls — many commissioned by Democratic allies — have shown that the party has lost ground and credibility on K-12 schools, an issue it has long dominated among voters.
In a recent breakdown, 74 Senior Writer Kevin Mahnken notes the polls “were released by interest groups representing opposite ends of the center-left public policy spectrum … but both point to an electorate that is increasingly skeptical of the Democratic education brand and open to Republican counter-proposals.”
In particular, Mahnken observes, “Forty-seven percent [of respondents] said they trusted Republicans to handle public education today, compared with just 43 percent who trusted Democrats. And the numbers grew worse among parents, who favored Republicans by nine points.”