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Fifty-eight percent of likely U.S. voters believe the quality of public schools in America is getting worse. Only 13 percent believe the quality is getting better while 25 percent said it is staying about the same, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national phone and online survey.

Of those surveyed, 84 percent said they believe the issue of education will be important in this year’s mid-term elections. That includes 53 percent who said it will be very important.


Forty-three percent of voters said they trust Republicans more to deal with education issues. Thirty-six percent said they trust Democrats more.

More importantly, Republicans hold a 17-point advantage among unaffiliated voters. Forty-two percent of unaffiliated voters said they trust Republicans more while 25 percent said they trust Democrats.

Democrats reveal just how out of touch they are when asked if the quality of public schools is getting worse. While 75 percent of Republicans and 61 percent of unaffiliated voters agree it is getting worse, only 39 percent of Democrats agree.

To nobody’s surprise, President Joe Biden’s strongest supporters are least likely to believe the quality of public schools is declining.

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