What Alabama Voters Say
In March of 2010, Peter D. Hart Research Associates, Inc., and The Tarrance Group conducted a statewide survey among 600 registered voters in Alabama on behalf of ASRA. The purpose of this survey was to understand voters’ attitudes toward early education, particularly the idea of Alabama state government increasing its investment in high-quality pre-kindergarten programs. Overall, the poll found that:
Support for pre-kindergarten funding was 69 percent. This included 95 percent of blacks and 62 percent of whites, 69 percent of urban/suburban residents, 66 percent of small-town residents, 69 percent of rural residents and 84 percent of women younger than 50.
Nearly three-quarters of voters said Alabama should increase its commitment to high-quality pre-kindergarten education. This included 76 percent of parents, 72 percent of non-parents, 92 percent of Democrats, 75 percent of independents and 56 percent of Republicans.
Nearly three-quarters of voters said it's important for 4-year-olds to spend time in pre-kindergarten, including 93 percent of blacks, 69 percent of whites, 89 percent of Democrats, 64 percent of Republicans and 75 percent of swing voters.
The sampling error in the poll was plus or minus 4 points. View details of findings here. Read the Birmingham News article here.
Additional 2010 polling information:
Memo to GOP Partisan Leaders
Memo to Democratic Partisan Leaders
Kindergarten Teacher Survey
Alabama’s public kindergarten teachers have a front-row seat when it comes to seeing the difference that pre-K education makes in their students. That they overwhelmingly agree that pre-K is extremely important is significant. More than 2,300 of the state’s 3,200 public kindergarten teachers responded to a survey conducted by VOICES for Alabama’s Children and the Alabama State Department of Education. Click here to find out what they said.