The more parents of public school students learn about Barack Obama’s Common Core education agenda, the less they like it.
A new national poll from Gallup reports:
“The overall proportion of public school parents who report having heard at least a little about the new standards has not changed appreciably since April, now at 73%.
However, nearly half (49%) of public school parents now say they have heard a great deal or fair amount about the new standards, up from 38% in April.
“The data suggest that this increase in awareness has led to an increase in negativity, given the seven-percentage-point increase in those viewing the standards negatively and the two-point decrease in those viewing them positively.”
While greater public awareness has not improved Common Core support among Democrat-leaning parents, increased awareness has reduced support among Republican-leaning parents.
Among GOP supporters, 58% now have negative views of Common Core. That’s up from only 42% last spring. Also, those with a “Very Negative” opinion has grown to 35% while the “Somewhat Negative” has faded to 23%.
While Democrat parents still support Common Core two-to-one — 48% to 23% — their support remains below half and is tepid.
So far, two states — Indiana and Oklahoma — have dropped the math and reading standards. Seven states so far are not participating.
But that could change. Obama has boasted across the country that his policies and priorities are in effect on the ballot with Democrats who’ve supported him, though they’re dodging that help now. Common Core has been a hot issue in numerous gubernatorial races. And next week’s midterm results could well prompt further opt-outs.
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