Education Funding May Swing Voters in Midterm Elections, Poll SaysWASHINGTON
Federal funding for education will be a key issue in Congressional elections this fall, according to results of a poll released last month. The poll, released in a briefing on Capitol Hill, showed that an overwhelming majority (79 percent) of registered voters view increased federal funding for education as an important factor in deciding whether to support a candidate in the upcoming Congressional elections.
Conducted by Ipsos-Reid, a global polling and market research organization, on behalf of the Committee for Education Funding (CEF), the poll also asked respondents to choose between two hypothetical candidates: a pro-education spending candidate and a pro-deficit reduction candidate. Responses from registered voters on this question showed that a Congressional candidate who favors increased federal spending on education will defeat a pro-deficit reduction candidate by a landslide margin of 60 percent to 37 percent.
When breaking down these results in terms of party affiliation, the pro-education spending candidate would be the overwhelmingly favorite of Democrat and Independent voters, while the pro-deficit reduction candidate holds on to the Republican vote by a narrow margin (49 percent to 48 percent).
CEF is a nonprofit and nonpartisan coalition of over 100 organizations reflecting the broad spectrum of the education community. For more information, visit <www.cef.org>.
— From news wire reports
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