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Update on Election Survey

With 9 days left to vote in our survey on the 2010 mid-term elections, here’s an update on the voting so far.

Our initial report came with 51 voters, and this is what the percentages looked like then:

We now have nearly 6 times as many responses.

The biggest changes are to the first two categories: those who didn’t vote and those for whom education is the top consideration. The first increased; the second decreased.

The increase in the first category is explained both by the fact that the 2010 turnout rate according to the United States Election Project was 40.3%. The upturn in the first answer, therefore, may mean that our survey is actually more representative. To assure its accuracy, however, we would also have to know how many “I didn’t vote” answers were attributed to voters and how many to people who were interested in the survey but are not eligible to vote, for whatever reason.

While “Education was the top consideration” remains the top choice at this point, it’s drop is not surprising in a more diverse audience.

We’re hoping for as large a show as possible, so if you haven’t voted yet, please do so here.

Survey Results, Old and New

Today, we have a glimpse at our new survey results on the role that education played in influencing people’s voting choices in the midterm elections, as well as a look back at our survey on the success the Obama administration has achieved in the area of education, which has gained quite a few more responses since our report at the end of August.

First, let’s take a look back. Here is a chart showing the preliminary results on the August survey, the intended-to-be final report at the end of August, and the current figures. As before, obscene remarks have been deleted, while “Other” response that are related to education, but not clearly “yes” or “no” have been allowed to stand, but not included in the “yes” or “no” count.

Notice that while the results were similar overall during August (approximately 3/4 voting “No” and 1/4 voting “Yes,” the proportions now are closer to 2/3 “No” and 1/3 “Yes.”

In this second summary chart, the responses have been ranked. Notice that while the “No” answers were ranked 1, 2, and 3 at the end of August, they are back to being 1, 2, and 5, with “Yes” answers taking 3rd and 4th place, as they did in mid-August.

Here, now is a first look at our November survey results. If you haven’t yet shared your response with us, please don’t forget to vote here!


Glad, for once, to see 0% in a poll!

Election Day, 2010 Survey Announced

Election Day brought mixed results in a lot of respects, both nationally and locally, and left us with a Congress and President who are going to need to have a conversation and compromise in order to move forward.

As many Americans are reflecting on what led to these results and what the road ahead holds, we want to take a look at the election from the standpoint of education.

Please take our one-question survey to let us know about the role education issues played in your voting in these mid-term elections. There are six set answers and—as always—an opportunity to provide an answer and explanation under “Other.”

You can take the survey right here on the site or go to Survey Monkey

Going back to our August survey on the Obama Administration, which I reported results for on August 31, people have continued to vote. When I wrote up the report, there had been 167 usable votes. Now, there are 457.

The question was: Do you think the Obama administration and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan are doing a good job of leading the country in the right direction with education?

It seems like a lot of people continue to have something to say, so I’ll be doing another report next week, providing the new totals, and comparing the percentages from August 31 with the current picture.

Will the favored answer from August 31—

No, the federal government should be moving towards less involvement in education, rather than more.—

which received 27.5% of the vote, remain the favorite?

Visit next week to see the updated results. In the meantime, don’t forget the current survey.

National Standards Survey Final Two Days

There are still 2 days left to respond to our survey on national K–12 education standards, and I’ll be providing a final report on Wednesday. Then we’ll go on to the July survey.

As of 9 am Eastern time today, 163 people have responded, 71 more than June 18, when I gave the mid-survey roundup. Since we have 168 likes, that’s still not everyone, so for those of you who haven’t yet voted, I want to mention that we’ve moved to a one-question survey, so it won’t take much of your time to answer.

If you haven’t done so yet, please cast your vote here.

As of now, the clear leader in the answers to the question, “Do you think the United States should have national standards for K–12 education?” is “Yes, we need consistency.”

More analysis to come on Wednesday!

Survey Interim Report: National Standards

There are still 13 days left to respond to our survey on national K–12 education standards, but I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you how the preliminary results are looking and to encourage you to respond if you have not yet done so.

As of 10 am Eastern time today, 92 people have responded, and this is a little less than half of those who have liked the page, so I know that some of you haven’t yet voiced your opinion. For those who haven’t, I’d like to point out that we’ve moved to a one-question survey, so it won’t take much of your time to answer.

Cast your vote here.

Because the survey is not over, I’m going to give general results: I’ll provide a more detailed level of analysis at the end of the month. What the results show so far:

• More than half of respondents favor national standards, either for consistency or because they feel it would be an improvement over their state standards.

• More people who do not want national standards chose that option because they thought that it is a task that belongs to the local level rather than because it would lower their own state’s standards.

• Respondents have used the “Other” category to raise issues concerning—

• the qualifications of the current Secretary of Education
• the Federal government’s goals for education
• the funding of programs to support education standards
• the role of testing in education
• whether the education system should be under government control or
be carried out as free enterprise

More to come at the end of the month: in the meantime, please vote if you have not done so.