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Constituencies for Education Funding. Poll of 1,067 adults nationwide conducted Dec ember 1-3 , 2012. 3 in 4 w ant MORE for EDUCATION. Even though Americans overestimate the percentage of the Federal budget spent on education by a lot…

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constituencies for education funding

Constituencies for Education Funding

Poll of 1,067 adults nationwide

conducted December 1-3, 2012

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3 in 4 want MORE for EDUCATION

Even though Americans overestimate the percentage of the Federal budget spent on education by a lot…

What percent of the federal budget do you think is currently spent on education?

Public estimates: 15% of Federal budget spent on education

Actual spending: 2% of Federal spending devoted to education in reality

Do you believe that is too much, too little, or about right?

…most think Federal spending on education is too little, few think it’s too much.

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43% of Households Have Students

What level of education are you or your children currently enrolled in?

43%

57%

majority favor raising t axes for the wealthy over spending cuts
Majority Favor Raising Taxes for the Wealthy over Spending Cuts

As you may know, on January 2, 2013 most Federal programs face automatic across-the-board spending cuts of 8%-9%, called sequestration. In addition, Federal income taxes will increase for almost all Americans in January. Generally speaking, if you had to choose one or the other, do you think it is better to reduce the federal budget deficit by:

most favor cuts in defense spending rather than in education
Most Favor Cuts in Defense Spending Rather Than in Education

As Congress tries to come to an agreement, if it comes down to either cuts in defense spending, OR cuts in education programs, which would you favor?

majority supports protecting education from cuts
Majority Supports Protecting Education From Cuts

Which of these programs do you consider it very important for Congress to protect from automatic cuts in spending or increases in taxes?

Figures show percentage who saying it is very important to protect from automatic cuts

investing in education is
Investing in Education Is…

Do you agree or disagree with the following reasons to increase investments in education. Please indicate whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree.

Figures show percentages who Strongly Agree or Somewhat Agree with each statement, and total in agreement

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77

76

75

74

73

68

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