77% of voters say education is an important issue for the midterm elections

Election Day 2021, polls
Voters cast their ballots at the Fairfax County Government Center on November 02, 2021 in Fairfax, Virginia. |

Education remains a big issue for voters heading into the midterm elections, a new poll shows, hinting at how similar concerns led Republicans to victory in the gubernatorial race. Virginia last year.

The Rasmussen Reports published the results of a national survey on Wednesday that found 77% of likely voters think education will be an important issue in the Nov. 8 midterm elections, and 45% predict it will be “very important.”

Only 18% of participants doubt that education is an important issue in November. The report also notes that 68% of voters are concerned that public schools promote “controversial beliefs and attitudes, with 49% saying they are ‘very concerned.’

Another 30% of voters say they are not concerned about content promoted in schools, with 14% of respondents saying they are “not concerned at all”.

Supporters of President Joe Biden were among the least concerned about the subject matter being taught in schools, with just 22% of respondents who approve of the president’s job performance saying they were “very concerned.” Eighty-five percent of voters who disapprove of Biden’s professional performance, however, expressed the opposite opinion.

The survey also found that majorities in every political category (87% of Republicans, 51% of Democrats and 67% of unaffiliated voters) have at least some concern about the beliefs schools might teach students.

Republicans (72%) were more likely to say they were “very concerned” about schools teaching controversial material, compared to 27% of Democrats and 49% of unaffiliated voters.

According to the report, majorities in every racial category – 79% of white voters, 74% of black voters and 75% of other minorities – expect the issue to be at least somewhat important for this year’s election. White voters (50%) were more likely to say they were “very concerned” about the types of materials promoted in public schools, compared to 38% of black voters and 51% of other minorities.

Age appears to play a role in whether participants viewed controversial teachings in school as a significant issue, with voters under 40 less likely to say they were “very concerned” compared to older voters. .

Income levels also appear to impact how concerned voters are about schools being able to teach inappropriate material. Those with an annual income of less than $50,000 were more likely to say they were “very concerned” about the problem.

Additionally, the report found that university graduates are less concerned about the material that schools teach children.

Democrats (37%) were less likely to see education as a “very important” issue in the upcoming congressional elections, compared to 57% of Republicans who think it will. Forty-two percent of unaffiliated voters expect education to be “very important” midterm.

Forty-two percent of private sector workers and 45% of civil servants said they thought education would be a “very important” issue this year, and 51% of retirees said the same.

The report surveyed 1,000 potential voters in the United States online and by telephone from October 4-5, with a margin of sampling error of +/- 3 percentage points with a confidence level of 95%.

Last October, the Rasmussen reports found that 76% of American voters were concerned about the content taught in schools, including 58% who said they were “very concerned”. Twenty-one percent of participants said they were not worried about schools promoting controversial topics.

As the report notes, Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin defeated his Democratic challenger Terry McAuliffe in the race for governor of Virginia due to ongoing debates at the time regarding parental involvement.

According The Associated PressBiden won the state by 10 points over former President Donald Trump.

Last year, two schools in Loudon County, Virginia sparked controversy amid reports of two sexual assaults at two separate high schools by the same student. The boy allegedly wore a skirt during an incident and walked into the girls’ bathroom.

The incidents reportedly occurred before Loudoun County officials implemented a policy allowing trans-identified students to enter opposite-sex restrooms and other single-sex spaces.

Last month, the Virginia Department of Education under Youngkin issued a directive ordering 133 public school districts to no longer allow students to enter restrooms and other private spaces of the opposite sex. Students who wish to be addressed by their chosen pronoun must file legal documents.

The directive also states that schools must “keep parents fully informed of all matters ‘related to the health and social and psychological development of the child’, and that they must not withhold information relating to the childhood gender dysphoria.

According to FiveThirtyEight luxury model, updated Friday, the odds are 71 in 100 that Republicans will win the House, compared to 29 in 100 for Democrats. The model predicts the odds are “slightly” more in favor of the Democrats winning the Senate at 66 out of 100 compared to 34 out of 100 for the Republicans.

Samantha Kamman is a reporter for The Christian Post. She can be contacted at: [email protected]

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