Poll Results Indicate America’s Support of Early Childhood Education

The First Five Years Fund debuted the findings of a bipartisan poll on early childhood education at the National Polling Briefing, “America Speaks: Grow America stronger with early childhood education” on July 17. The results demonstrated that early childhood education was not only a very important issue to the voters but also a top-tier national issue.

The poll showed that early childhood education took precedent over lowering the tax burden on families. Many Republicans support the issue and felt that investing in early childhood education would provide larger economic gains in the future.

Even when specific figures of “10 billion each year over 10 years” were proposed, seven out of 10 people were still in support. Three out of five Republicans also stayed in favor.

71 percent of those polled said that they would still support the measure even if it “increased the deficit in the short term, but paid for itself in the long term.” The results of the poll showed that almost everyone would support a candidate who supported early childhood education.

AFSA attended the event and listened to Jim Messina, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations under President Obama as he said, “The data is very clear. You don’t get 90 percent support on any other issue.”

Messina also acknowledged that President Obama laid out an aggressive early childhood education proposal, and that support drops in most cases once figures are shown. However, that was not the case for this issue.

Political pundit Kevin Madden identified early childhood education as an issue that candidates should use as an opportunity to gain support among voters, while at the same time would not push away any of their already existing base.

“The President highlighted [the early childhood education initiative] in his State of the Union Address. That was a huge relief to hear for early childhood education supporters,” said Kris Perry, Executive Director of the First Five Years Fund. “It is heartening to see what mayors and governors are doing in support of this issue around the country, but they can’t do it alone. There are so many families living in poverty. A partnership between the federal government and the states is the best solution, and states can decide where the greatest need is and how best to spend the money.”