Survey: Education is nation's No. 2 issue

Presidential campaigns reflect public's concern

Education is the second most important issue on Americans' minds—right behind the economy—according to a recent survey from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.

For the annual Schooling in American Survey, researchers conducted 1,002 telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of adults.

Seventeen percent of respondents said education is the most important issue America faces right now, compared with 31% of those who put jobs and the economy first. Health care was top-of-mind for 13% of respondents.

Additional findings include:

  • 77% believe the federal government is doing a "poor" or "fair" job on education;
  • 60% support tax-credit scholarships; and
  • 62% favor education savings accounts.

The public's emphasis on education has been reflected in the early presidential primary campaigns. Many presidential hopefuls have mentioned K-12 and higher education issues in their speeches and appearances (Sullivan, Forbes, 7/27).

 More on the presidential candidates and higher ed:

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