NEW POLL SHOWS STRONG SUPPORT FOR CIVIC EDUCATION ACROSS PARTIES
Nearly 80% of voters, both Republicans and Democrats, think civic education is important, and a majority support the Civics Secures Democracy Act, according to a recent national poll of more than 2,300 likely voters.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., October 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Voters of all parties strongly support civic education, according to a new poll released today by iCivics and More Perfect. Nearly 80% of likely voters believe civic education is important, with 77% of Republicans, 84% of Democrats and 71% of independents agreeing. Nearly 70% of likely voters also agreed that civic education is more important today than it was five years ago.
The poll, which was conducted Sept. 15-26, 2022, by independent polling firm Cygnal, asked 2,385 likely general election voters, including an oversample of 1,195 GOP primary voters and 803 K-12 parents. Grade 12, a detailed set of civics questions.
Moreover, more than half of likely voters showed initial support for the Civic Education for Democracy Act, and support for the bill increased among likely voters of both parties as they received further information. Only 17% opposed it.
“Civic education has one of the highest levels of support of any issue I’ve tested this year,” the Cygnal president said. Brent Buchanan said. “It proves that there is broad support across all segments of the American electorate for schools to provide more civic education and for Congress to fund them better.”
The survey data will be released today at the “Our Citizenship—Safeguarding American Democracyat the Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute. This event celebrating National Civic Education Day is part of the more perfect initiative of the Partnership for American Democracy, with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Our Common Purpose at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and presidential centers nationwide. The program includes discussions with policy makers, practitioners and civic education partners about the vital role of universal civic learning in our constitutional democracy.
The full survey is available upon request. The main conclusions of the survey are presented below.
Republicans and Democrats both strongly support civic education
- 79% of respondents said it was important to teach more about civics (77% of GOP primary voters; 80% of likely Democratic voters; and 75% of parents).
- 69% of respondents said teaching civics is more important than it was five years ago (66% of GOP primary voters and 73% of Democratic primary voters).
- 65% of respondents support increased funding for civic education (59% GOP primary voters and 74% Democratic primary voters; and 64% parents).
- 47% of respondents believed civics made it more likely for young people to join voluntary military service, including 53% of K-12 parents.
- 61% of respondents believe civic education makes young people more likely to volunteer for civic service activities, including 56% of GOP primary voters and 64% of Democratic primary voters.
Republicans and Democrats both support the Civics Secures Democracy Act
- More than 50% of likely voters expressed initial support for the Civics Secures Democracy Act, the bipartisan bill that would provide $1 billion annually for five years for states to use to improve civic education. Only 17% opposed the bill when first asked, with 25% taking a neutral stance.
- 44% of GOP primary voters support the bill on their face. Of those who voted for donald trump in 2020, 43% support the bill, while 21% oppose it.
- 63% of likely Democratic voters support the bill on their face. Of those who voted for Joe Biden in 2020, 61% support the bill, while 11% oppose it.
- Support for the bill rose among likely voters of both parties with additional information, including a nearly 10% increase among Republicans.
Civic education should include basic knowledge and debate
- Of the topics civics should cover, likely voters ranked the “system of government” first (69%), followed by the Constitution and the founding era of the United States (69%) and voting and political participation (63%).
- Voters showed strong support for the statement “Education should encourage vigorous debate about different viewpoints, even about controversial issues.” Among likely voters, 72% agree, as do 69% of GOP primary voters and 71% of parents.
- Feelings, “Education should expose students to a range of viewpoints, not just one viewpoint, although I disagree with him.” even stronger polls, with 78.3% of likely voters, 76% of GOP primary voters, and 72% of K-12 parents agreeing.
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swan is an award-winning international polling, public opinion and predictive analytics company that pioneered multi-mode polling, text-to-web collection and emotional analysis. Cygnal consistently ranks as the most accurate company, and customers rely on Cygnal’s ability to create insights for action. His team members have worked in 49 states and 17 countries on more than 2,700 business, public affairs and political campaigns.
iCivic was founded in 2009 by a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Sandra Day O’Connor transform civic education and rebuild civic strength through digital games and lesson plans. iCivics is the nation’s largest civics content provider and is currently used by up to 145,000 educators and 9 million students each year. All of its games are free, non-partisan and available online at icivics.org.
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