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The Real Deal with Public Opinion and the Common Core

October 27, 2015

The results of two national annual polls reveal that although public support for Common Core is waning, the education initiative still is viewed positively in public opinion.

  • In 2013, 44 percent of poll responders agreed that implementing Common Core standards would make the United States "more competitive globally."
  • Back in 2012, support for Common Core on the same question was higher, averaging at 53 percent.

When polling citizens on Common Core, results are highly sensitive to question phrasing, and therefore poll statistics should be evaluated alongside other credible, national poll results. However, the results from these two polls do indicate a downward trend in public support for Common Core with support decreasing among both Republicans and Democrats.

  • From 2012 to 2015, Democratic support for Common Core declined about 8 to 10 points.
  • The percentage of Democrats opposed to Common Core increased by 20 percent.
  • Republican support for Common Core also decreased from 2012-2015 with support falling by 11 percent.

Source:  Frederick M. Hess and Kelsey Hamilton, "The Real Deal with Public Opinion and the Common Core," American Enterprise Institute, October 19, 2015.


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