Wednesday, July 09, 2008

ED Poll: Missouri Women "Angry" About Education

A nationwide education group released a new poll Wednesday showing that more than 80 percent of women in Missouri and Ohio define themselves as "angry" when informed of certain statistics regarding student rankings in education.

The poll, released by EDin08, can be viewed HERE.

Across both Missouri and Ohio, those polled believe shortcomings in American schools will jeopardize the economic well-being of their children. Seventy-five percent of respondents say that American children’s inability to read at their grade level will have a dramatic impact on the economic future of the nation’s children. In addition, over 95 percent of women fear this educational failure will have an impact on their children’s economic future.

"Americans want to give their children a competitive edge over students across the globe,” say ED in 08 Executive Director Marc Lampkin. “They recognize the quality of the nation’s schools must improve to ensure economic prosperity is passed onto future generations."

While registered voters in Missouri and Ohio react very angrily when they hear about our nation’s education shortfalls, few have knowledge of them - with about one-fourth knowing U.S. students rank in the bottom 10 in math and science compared to 30 other industrialized nations, according to the survey.

The poll was sponsored by ED in 08 and conducted by Dutko Research. Results are based on a public opinion survey of 601 registered voters in Missouri and 600 registered voters in Ohio. Respondents were randomly selected and contacted by telephone. The margin of error for each survey is +/-4.0%.

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