Gallup poll shows that only 28 percent of Americans feel “very” or “quite” confident in the public education system.
This sharp drop marks the second-lowest American record for public education confidence — 26 percent in 2014 The 38 percent is down from 41% in 2020. There has also been a slight drop from 29 percent in 2019.
However, the partisan split on the question is striking and shows a fundamental disagreement between Americans about the value of the system.
Democrats are rated as having “great deal” or “quite much” confidence in the system at 43% confidence, a decrease from 48% in 2020. Republican support dropped from 34% to 14% in the same period. Independents fell nine points to 29 percent.
Gallup says this partisan divide is massive in its history of polling the question, which began in 1973 and saw an average nine percent difference over the years.
There was a 23 percent divide in 2021. However, the highest prior to the pandemic, which revealed nefarious indoctrination techniques used by schools against America’s children, was 13 percent in 2013. Gallup also contributes to the disagreements about Common Core education standards.
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This poll also showed that half of Republicans have little or no faith in the public education system, a 19-point increase over 2019.
The status of a parent didn’t affect confidence, with parents who had a child younger than 18 years trusting the system at 29% and parents who have a child older than 18 years distrusting it at 28%.
In addition to the exposure to critical race theory, gender ideology, and other issues in schools across the country, disagreements over “virtual learning,” and the masking of children further exacerbate the partisan divide. These two topics have contributed to learning loss, anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts among America’s schoolchildren.
Despite this divide, Republicans still rate education low in their ratings for the most important issues facing the nation. They are at around one percent — favoring guns, inflation, and abortion.
Many Republicans view education and school boards now as a political battleground.