Poll: Only 36% of Americans Confident in U.S. Public Schools

By Michael W. Chapman | September 15, 2017 | 5:05 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) -- A new survey by Gallup shows that only 36% of Americans are confident in public schools, which is the highest level of confidence since 2009.

"The 36% of U.S. adults who express 'a great deal' or 'quite a lot' of confidence in public schools is a six-percentage-point increase from 2016 and marks the highest confidence rating in eight years," reported Gallup on Sept. 14.

Gallup started this survey back in 1986 and the highest percentage of confidence since then was in 1987, at 50%.

For the poll, Gallup asked, "Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one [institution] -- a great deal, quite a lot, some or very little."

For 2017, the "confidence" response was 36%.

By political party, the percentage of "great deal/quite a lot" of confidence in the government schools was 41% for Democrats and 30% for Democrats. 

"The boost in public school confidence this year is part of an uptick in the average confidence rating (35%) across all institutions that Gallup measures," reported the polling company.  "Public school confidence ranked second in positive year-over-year change among 15 institutions tested in the June survey."

"Eleven institutions received a confidence boost from 2016, largely attributable to rising confidence among Republicans, which might be ascribed to the election of President Donald Trump," said Gallup. 

Gallup conducted telephone interviews (June 7-11) of 1,009 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the survey. 


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Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman