Forty-two percent (42%) of voters believe the United States places too much emphasis on book learning and not enough on street smarts. A ScottRasmussen.com poll found that 34% disagree and 23% are not sure.
Forty-one percent (41%) believe that providing every student with a quality education would solve most of America’s problems. Thirty-seven percent (37%) disagree.
By a 45% to 33% margin, Republicans tend to believe that we place too much emphasis on book learning. Independent voters, by a 44% to 30% margin, agree. However Democrats are evenly divided–38% say we place too much emphasis on book learning while 40% take the opposite view.
On the question of more education solving society’s problems, the partisan gap is even wider. Democrats, by a 53% to 28% margin, think getting everyone a good education would solve most of the problems. Republicans, by a 46% to 31% margin, disagree. Independent voters are more evenly divided–34% believe such education would solve most of society’s problems while 39% disagree (see crosstab results).
The survey also found that 64% believe that a strong school and education system is more important for America than a strong military. Twenty-two percent (22%) disagree.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted March 19-20, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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