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Support for Common Core Continues to Wane

September 22, 2015

A survey providing insight on how Americans view education issues was released last month. The data revealed declining support for Common Core state standards (CCSS) and there appears to be a trajectory of increasing opposition from both sides of the political aisle.

Consecutive surveys show support for the Common Core Standards has decreased every year since 2012.

  • The number of people who do not support the standards has quintupled since 2012, and has increased to 35% of total.
  • Since 2012, when 63% of both Republicans and Democrats supported the CCSS, support has changed dramatically.
  • In the 2015 survey, support among Democrats dropped six points and opposition increased by eight points.
  • Meanwhile a majority of Republicans (50%) oppose the CCSS and conservative support for the standards continues to drop.

Currently there's a sizable group of both Republican and Democratic elected officials whose strong support of the standards predates the decline; for example President Obama and other Democratic officials are usually the standards' most ardent boosters; on the GOP arena, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush remains a prominent CCSS supporter.

The results provide increasingly strong evidence that opposition to the Common Core is hardening. Once public opinion solidifies it takes a major event to reverse and over time, the number of people with no opinion on the issue has decreased by half.

Source: Joshua Bleiberg, "Support for Common Core continues to wane," Brookings Institute, September 15, 2015.


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