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Americans Support Federal Funds to Expand Public Education

Gallup Poll Finds Americans Support Use of Federal Funds to Expand Education

Where do Americans stand when it comes to using federal funds in public education?

According to a recent Gallup poll, seven in 10 Americans (70 percent) said they favor using federal funds to make sure "high-quality preschool education programs are available for every child in America," while 28 percent oppose the idea. The poll also said Americans believe that there should be federal funds used to expand all levels of education. 

"Americans in general believe all levels of education are important, but there are differences in the relative importance they assign to each," the article said. "At least nine in 10 Americans rate high school, middle school, and elementary school as extremely or very important, with roughly six in 10 saying they are extremely important. On a relative basis, Americans view preschool and college as somewhat less important to future life success."

According to the article, "73 percent of Americans say preschool education is extremely [39 percent] or very important [34 percent] to a person's ability to succeed in life." There are however, people who said that other levels of schooling are just as important. A chart reflecting on the importance of different levels of education to Americans showed that 95 percent of Americans believe that high school is extremely (62 percent) and very important (33 percent), for a students' future. Elementary school followed at 94 percent, middle school at 93 percent, college at 77 percent, and preschool at 73 percent.

The article said the public "seems to agree with Obama's push for expanding preschool education in more areas of the country."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor


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