Poll: President Trump voters oppose his education agenda

Nearly half of those who voted for President Donald Trump oppose his education agenda, according to a new poll, and many said they would likely not vote to reelect their congressional representatives should they support it.

Nearly three-quarters, or 74 percent, of all respondents interviewed for the poll, oppose the education cuts included in the president's budget request, which proposed slashing funding by more than $9 billion, or by 13.4 percent, and 54 percent of respondents "strongly" oppose it.

In addition, nearly half, or 48 percent, of people who self-identified as having voted for the president oppose his education agenda.

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The Hart Research Associates, a public opinion research firm, conducted the poll for the American Federation of Teachers, the 1.5-million member teachers union.

The results are based on interviews with a nationally representative sample of voters conducted online from June 3 to June 5. Among those interviewed, 45 percent voted for President Donald Trump in the presidential election and 40 percent identified as a Republican, and 48 percent voted for Hillary Clinton and 41 percent identified as a Democrat.

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Notably, 71 percent found the elimination of $2.4 billion for teacher preparation unacceptable, 73 percent found the elimination of $1.2 billion for after-school programs unacceptable and 76 percent found the elimination of $168 million for career and technical education unacceptable.

That Republican respondents, in particular, polled so negatively on the specifics of the budget and the administration's education policy agenda on the whole is not overly surprising.

GOP leaders in Congress called the president's budget "dead on arrival," and during a Senate appropriations subcommittee earlier this month, nearly every GOP member criticized aspects of the spending plan, exposing just how far apart the Trump administration's education agenda is with that of Republicans in Congress.

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It's unclear whether the White House will be able to push through Congress any of its major education policy priorities, including its budget cuts and yet-to-be-seen private school choice plan. But the poll showed that respondents would be less likely to reelect their senator or representative if they backed such funding cuts and program eliminations.

Indeed, 63 percent say they would be less likely reelect their senator or representative if they approved such cuts, including 50 percent who say they would be "much less likely." Moreover, voting for the proposed budget cuts would turn off 39 percent of Republican women and 41 percent of college-educated Republicans, the poll showed.

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