‘War on Poverty’ Anniversary Study Shows Support for Education

The Half in Ten Foundation and the Center for American Progress released a study recently that found Americans have strong support for education as a priority for reducing poverty across the country.

“50 Years after LBJ’s War on Poverty: A Study of American Attitudes About Work, Economic Opportunity, and the Social Safety Net” found that 25 percent of those surveyed chose elementary and secondary education, 23 percent chose college access and affordability and 21 percent chose early childhood education as priorities for reducing poverty in America. Americans also expressed very strong support for making universal pre-kindergarten available for all children and for publicly funded scholarships to help more families afford college.

The report is based on more than 2,000 American adults across all age brackets and ethnicities. The research was conducted to assess attitudes regarding poverty in America.