RELEASE: NEW POLLING Shows Pennsylvanians Overwhelmingly Support Additional Investment in K-12 Education

PENNSYLVANIA - In a statewide poll commissioned by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, results show that a lack of state funding for public education is at odds with the priorities of Pennsylvanians of all political persuasions.

Specifically, 83% of respondents to the survey said “fully funding K-12 public schools” should be a priority for the state legislature, with 59% saying it should be a top priority. Ninety-three percent self-identified liberals cited “fully funding K-12 public schools” as a priority, along with 91% of self-identified moderates and a strong majority of self-identified conservatives (66%). In a separate question, only 12% of respondents said state government is spending too much on K-12 public education.



The survey of 1,150 registered voters in Pennsylvania was conducted by TargetSmart. The margin of error of the statewide sample was +/- 4%. The survey oversampled two geographic areas in Western PA and Southeast PA*. The poll was carried out on behalf of We the People, a new issue advocacy campaign in support of Pennsylvania’s working families and communities, to be launched in mid-May along with full poll results.


Listen to a press call with the pollster and public education advocates here.



* Over-sampled districts in Western PA:

HDs: 11, 12, 28, 33

SDs: 38

Over-sampled districts in Southeast PA:

HDs: 18, 53, 61, 74, 143, 144, 146, 150, 151, 152, 155, 157, 158, 160, 162, 163, 165, 167, 168, 170, 177, 178

SDs: 6, 10, 12, 26, 44