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POLL: Americans Are More Concerned About Education Than The Economy

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Rob Shimshock Education Reporter

Americans are more concerned about education than the economy, according to a Thursday Pew Research Center poll.

While the second-most and third-most number of Americans listed education and the economy as priorities, respectively, terrorism placed first with 73 percent of Americans say it’s a top priority, reported The Washington Post.

“The public’s improving economic outlook is reflected in its policy agenda for President Trump and Congress in the coming year,” said Pew. “Economic issues — improving the job situation, strengthening the economy and reducing the budget deficit — are viewed as less important policy priorities than they were just a few years ago.”

Sixty-one percent of Republicans or Republican-leaning poll participants deemed education a top priority for Congress and President Donald Trump, while 78 percent of Democrat or Democrat-leaning individuals thought the same. Meanwhile, 78 percent of Republicans or Republican-leaning poll participants viewed the economy as a top priority, compared with 64 percent of Democrat or Democrat-leaning ones.

More than 10 percent fewer Americans view the economy as a top priority in 2018 than in 2010. Pew conducted the poll from January 10 – 15, 2018 and used a sample size of 1,503 American adults.

Widespread support for school choice may account for some of the focus on it as a priority. Two-thirds of likely 2018 voters support the initiative and Lance Izumi, senior director of education studies at the Pacific Research Institute, suggested it receives bipartisan support. (RELATED: Two-Thirds Of Voters Support School Choice, Minorities More Likely Than White Americans)

“Even in places like California you have very widespread and deep support for school choice,” Izumi told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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