December 11, 2008 - State, National Economy Are Bad, But We're Ok, Ohio Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Voters Want More School Aid, But Not Higher Taxes

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Only 51 percent of Ohio voters say their personal finances are OK, but that's 10 times better than their appraisal of the state and national economies, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

In a series of questions on the economy, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds:
  • 4 percent say the national economy is "excellent" or "good," while 95 percent say it's "not so good" or "poor,"
  • 5 percent say the state economy is "excellent" or "good," while 94 percent say "not so good" or "poor;"
  • 51 percent say their personal finances are "excellent" or "good" as 47 percent say "not so good" or "poor."
In an open-ended question, allowing for any answer, 77 percent say the economy is the most important problem facing Ohio today, while only 5 percent list education. And 24 percent of Ohio voters say it is "very likely" or "somewhat likely" that someone in their family will move out of the state for better opportunities in the next year.

"There is no doubt that many, many Ohio families are in dire financial straits, and most say their finances have deteriorated in the last year, but the difference between how people view their own situation and that of the rest of the state and country is striking," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Voters support 64 - 33 percent Gov. Ted Strickland's position not to raise taxes to balance the state budget. Given a choice, 24 percent prefer raising taxes to keep state services at the current level, while 62 percent say cut programs to keep taxes static.

Support for service cuts over tax hikes is 52 - 33 percent among Democrats, 74 - 14 percent among Republicans and 64 - 24 percent among independent voters. If the axe falls, an overwhelming number, 69 percent, want lawmakers to set priorities and treat different state programs differently. Just 24 percent favor across-the-board spending cuts.

"Gov. Strickland has a 54 percent approval rating and one reason he is popular is that he seems to understand how Ohioans feel," said Brown.

But when it comes to how to improve Ohio's public education system, voters' views are more difficult to categorize. As is the case with the economy, voters are more likely to see their local schools as good or excellent, 69 percent, than schools throughout the state, 50 percent.

Spending in the state's poorer school districts should be increased, 55 percent say, while 4 percent want it cut and 36 percent think it should remain the same.

But when asked if they would support a state tax increase to finance those additional funds for poorer districts, voters are split as 49 percent said yes and 47 percent say no.

To better equalize the amount spent on students in rich and poor school districts, the state should change how schools are funded, voters say 69 - 19 percent.

And voters are prepared 68 - 24 percent to take money from rich districts and give it to poor districts. Even Republicans support this redistribution 58 - 34 percent.

In a somewhat contradictory response, only 25 percent say that if taxes are raised to increase education funding all the money should go to poorer districts, while 66 percent say such new money should be given equally to all districts.

And voters say 49 - 39 percent that a State Board of Education proposal to increase state spending by $1 billion to more equalize school funding is a good idea.

"It's fair to say that Ohio voters want to improve public education, especially in poorer school districts, but there is no consensus about how to do it, and significant opposition to raising taxes to pay for it," said Brown.

From December 4 - 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,468 Ohio voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research.

19. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Ohio today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Very satisfied        3%     3%     4%     2%     4%     2%     3%
Smwht satisfied      30     31     27     32     32     29     32
Smwht dissatisfied   35     40     35     31     33     36     37
Very dissatisfied    31     24     33     34     30     31     27
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      1      2      1
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Very satisfied        2%     2%    10%     4%     2%     1%
Smwht satisfied      36     25     33     37     32     32
Smwht dissatisfied   32     36     28     40     35     38
Very dissatisfied    29     36     25     18     30     29
DK/NA                 1      1      4      2      1      1
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Ohio today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Dec 11  Aug 14  Jun 4   Sep 5   Jul 11  Mar 21  Dec 12
                     2008    2008    2008    2007    2007    2007    2006
 
Very satisfied        3       3       4       3       4       5       4
Smwht satisfied      30      36      36      46      46      49      33
Smwht dissatisfied   35      37      33      31      30      28      33
Very dissatisfied    31      23      26      18      19      16      29
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
20. What do you think is the most important problem facing Ohio today?
                                     Tot
 
Economy Total                        77%
 Economy general                     11
 Unemployment/jobs                   60
 Cost of living                       1
 Business leaving/Outsourcing         3
 Foreclosures/Mortgage crisis         1
 Bailouts                             1
 
Education Total                       5%
 Education general                    2
 Funding education                    3
 
Budget Total                          2%
 Budget general                       1
 Budget deficits                      1
 
Taxes general                         2%
 
Energy crisis/Prices general          1%
Healthcare/Costs/Ins/HMO's            1%
Governor/State leadership             1%
 
Other                                 3%
DK/NA                                 3%
 
TREND: What do you think is the most important problem facing Ohio today? (To save space sub category rows showing 1% or less in current study may have been removed. Totals rows are accurate for date specified.)
                                    Dec 11  Sep 5   Jul 11  Mar 21  Dec 12
                                    2008    2007    2007    2007    2006
 
Budget/Spending Total                2%      1%      1%      1%      2%
 Budget general                      1       1       1       1       1
 Budget deficits                     1       -       -       -       -
 
Economy Total                       76%     42%     44%     43%     44%
 Economy general                    11       6       4       4       5
 Unemployment/jobs                  60      33      34      34      35
 Businesses leaving/Outsourcing      3       2       4       4       3
 
Education Total                      5%     20%     17%     21%     16%
 Education general                   2       8       7      10       8
 Funding education                   3       9       9      11       8
 
Healthcare Total                     1%      5%      5%      6%      5%
 Healthcare/Costs/Insurance/HMO's    1       5       5       4       3
 
Taxes Total                          2%      5%      6%      6%      6%
 Taxes general                       2       4       5       5       4
 
Other                                3       2       2       4       7
DK/NA                                3       7       6       7       7
 
 
21. (If response given q20) Is that something you think Governor Strickland can do something about or do you think that is beyond a Governor's control?
                     ANY RESPONSE GIVEN Q20
                            RESPONSE Q20
                     Tot    Econ   Educ
 
Gov can do smthng    57%    55%    73%
Beyond Gov control   36     39     22
DK/NA                 7      7      5
 
 
22. Do you think that Ted Strickland has kept his campaign promises so far or not?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes                  44%    33%    53%    43%    46%    42%    43%
No                   26     30     20     29     27     25     27
DK/NA                30     37     26     28     27     33     30
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Yes                  50%    39%    47%    52%    43%    44%
No                   24     28     20     24     29     26
DK/NA                26     33     33     24     28     30
 
TREND: Do you think that Ted Strickland has kept his campaign promises so far or not?
                     Dec 11  Aug 14  Jun 4
                     2008    2008    2008
 
Yes                  44      47      46
No                   26      31      30
DK/NA                30      22      24
 
 
23. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                  4      7      2      5      6      3      5
Not so good          27     37     17     30     29     26     31
Poor                 68     57     81     65     64     71     64
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Excellent             -     -      -      -      -      -
Good                  6      2      8      5      5      4
Not so good          28     26     21     32     29     31
Poor                 66     71     70     63     66     65
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
 
24. Would you describe the state of Ohio's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Excellent             -      1%     -      -      1%     -      -
Good                  5      6      3      6      5      5      5
Not so good          36     44     31     35     37     35     42
Poor                 58     48     65     59     56     60     52
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      1      -      1
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Excellent             -      -      -      4%     -      -
Good                  8      2      7      4      3      8
Not so good          38     31     37     43     45     34
Poor                 51     66     56     46     51     58
DK/NA                 3      -      -      2      1      -
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of Ohio's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Dec 11  Aug 14  Jun 4   Jul 11  Mar 21
                     2008    2008    2008    2007    2007
 
Excellent             -       -       -       2       1
Good                  5      14      18      30      31
Not so good          36      49      42      44      46
Poor                 58      36      39      22      21
DK/NA                 1       -       1       2       2
 
 
25. Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Excellent             5%     6%     2%     9%     7%     4%     6%
Good                 46     61     37     44     50     43     45
Not so good          32     21     40     32     30     33     32
Poor                 15      9     20     13     10     19     15
DK/NA                 2      1      1      2      3      1      1
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Excellent             7%     5%     6%     3%     7%     3%
Good                 46     45     38     48     49     52
Not so good          27     32     35     29     35     32
Poor                 18     15     21     18      8     12
DK/NA                 2      2      -      2      1      1
 
 
26. Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Better off           24%    28%    17%    27%    27%    21%    24%
Worse off            55     47     62     54     53     56     50
SAME(VOL)            21     25     21     18     19     22     25
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Better off           25%    23%    20%    24%    22%    30%
Worse off            52     56     52     50     58     54
SAME(VOL)            21     20     29     24     18     16
DK/NA                 2      1      -      2      1      -
 
 
27. During the next 12 months, do you think your own personal finances will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Get better           26%    23%    28%    26%    28%    25%    23%
Get worse            17     13     19     19     17     18     20
Stay the same        52     60     49     52     52     53     53
DK/NA                 4      4      4      4      4      4      4
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Get better           30%    24%    23%    22%    26%    30%
Get worse            13     18     16     16     22     19
Stay the same        52     54     55     55     48     48
DK/NA                 5      3      7      7      4      3
 
TREND: During the next 12 months, do you think your own personal finances will get better, get worse, or stay about the same? (*personal financial situation)
                     Dec 11  Feb 25
                     2008    2008 *
 
Get better           26      29
Get worse            17      12
Stay the same        52      57
DK/NA                 4       2
 
 
28. How likely do you think it is that you, or someone in your family, will move out of the state for better opportunities in the next year? Would you say it is very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely, or very unlikely?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Very likely          11%     6%    11%    12%    10%    11%     9%
Somewhat likely      13     13     16     12     13     14     12
Somewhat unlikely    15     13     16     17     15     15     14
Very unlikely        60     68     56     57     61     59     65
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      -
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Very likely          11%    12%    11%     8%     7%    11%
Somewhat likely       7     14     21     20     11     16
Somewhat unlikely    12     14     16     17     22     14
Very unlikely        70     59     51     56     58     58
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1      1
 
TREND: How likely do you think it is that you, or someone in your family, will move out of the state for better opportunities in the next year? Would you say it is very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely, or very unlikely?
                     Dec 11  Aug 14  Jun 4   Jul 11
                     2008    2008    2008    2007
 
Very likely          11      11      14      13
Smwht likely         13      16      14      15
Smwht unlikely       15      15      13      16
Very unlikely        60      57      58      56
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1
 
 
29. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling the state budget?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              41%    30%    48%    42%    45%    37%    39%
Disapprove           31     40     24     31     32     29     30
DK/NA                29     30     27     28     22     34     32
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              47%    38%    45%    47%    35%    41%
Disapprove           32     28     31     21     36     34
DK/NA                21     34     23     32     29     26
 
 
30. To balance the state budget next year, if you had to choose, which would you prefer - raising taxes to keep state services at their current level or cutting state services to keep taxes at their current level?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Raising taxes        24%    14%    33%    24%    21%    27%    19%
Cutting services     62     74     52     64     70     56     65
DK/NA                13     12     14     12      9     17     16
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Raising taxes        22%    26%    19%    24%    22%    28%
Cutting services     59     62     67     54     68     65
DK/NA                19     12     15     22     11      7
 
 
31. Governor Strickland has ruled out raising state taxes to alleviate Ohio's budget situation. Do you agree with him that taxes should not be raised, or do you think that some tax increase should be considered?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
No tax increases     64%    74%    53%    65%    68%    60%    66%
Consider increases   33     22     43     32     30     35     30
DK/NA                 3      3      4      3      2      5      4
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
No tax increases     60%    61%    69%    65%    69%    67%
Consider increases   36     36     29     29     27     31
DK/NA                 4      3      2      6      3      2
 
 
32. If state budget cuts are necessary, which would you prefer? That the state legislature implement across-the-board spending cuts or make specific cuts on a case-by-case basis?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Across-the-board     24%    28%    21%    23%    27%    22%    29%
Case-by-case         69     67     71     72     68     70     62
DK/NA                 6      5      8      5      5      8      9
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Across-the-board     17%    27%    26%    26%    28%    22%
Case-by-case         74     68     69     61     66     73
DK/NA                10      5      5     13      5      4
 
 
33. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling education?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              41%    29%    54%    36%    43%    39%    39%
Disapprove           34     42     24     36     32     35     36
DK/NA                26     29     21     28     25     26     26
 
                                                               HvKidsIn
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt PubSch
 
Approve              46%    37%    43%    50%    38%    40%    38%
Disapprove           30     37     30     33     34     34     38
DK/NA                24     26     27     17     28     27     23
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling education? (*Governor Strickland)
                     Dec 11  May 15
                     2008    2005 *
 
Approve              41      41
Disapprove           34      30
DK/NA                26      29
 
 
34. How would you rate the quality of Ohio's public schools - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Excellent             5%     6%     6%     3%     5%     5%     5%
Good                 45     45     46     43     47     43     43
Not so good          33     34     33     34     31     35     37
Poor                 13     13     11     14     14     12     11
DK/NA                 4      2      4      6      3      5      4
 
                                                               HvKidsIn
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt PubSch
 
Excellent             2%     4%     3%    14%     6%     6%     7%
Good                 48     38     54     46     46     52     50
Not so good          35     36     31     30     34     26     25
Poor                 13     16      8      8     10     11     13
DK/NA                 2      5      4      3      4      5      4
 
TREND: How would you rate the quality of Ohio's public schools - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Dec 11  May 15  Mar 21  Feb 1   Dec 12
                     2008    2007    2007    2007    2006
 
Excellent             5       4       4       5       4
Good                 45      41      42      43      41
Not so good          33      33      33      29      30
Poor                 13      17      18      19      20
DK/NA                 4       5       4       5       5
 
 
35. How would you rate the quality of the public schools in your community - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Excellent            22%    25%    19%    20%    22%    21%    20%
Good                 47     47     49     48     50     45     47
Not so good          18     17     20     18     16     20     20
Poor                 11      8     11     13     10     11     10
DK/NA                 2      3      1      1      2      2      3
 
                                                               HvKidsIn
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt PubSch
 
Excellent            19%    24%    20%    15%    21%    25%    32%
Good                 49     45     54     43     48     46     47
Not so good          21     16     15     28     20     15     10
Poor                  6     12     10     13     10     12     11
DK/NA                 5      2      1      1      1      2      -
 
TREND: How would you rate the quality of the public schools in your community - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Dec 11  May 15  Feb 1
                     2008    2007    2007
 
Excellent            22      23      24
Good                 47      43      44
Not so good          18      19      18
Poor                 11      11      12
DK/NA                 2       4       3
 
 
36. Do you think state spending on the public schools in Ohio's poorer school districts should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Increased            55%    44%    67%    53%    53%    58%    49%
Decreased             4      3      4      5      5      3      4
Kept the same        36     47     26     37     37     34     43
DK/NA                 5      6      3      6      5      5      4
 
                                                               HvKidsIn
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt PubSch
 
Increased            63%    60%    42%    64%    40%    57%    58%
Decreased             2      5      2      1      6      5      4
Kept the same        31     30     53     33     49     31     35
DK/NA                 5      5      3      2      5      7      2
 
TREND: Do you think state spending on the public schools in Ohio's poorer school districts should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same?
                     Dec 11  Mar 21  Feb 1
                     2008    2007    2007
 
Increased            55      67      70
Decreased             4       4       2
Kept the same        36      24      22
DK/NA                 5       5       5
 
 
37. Would you support or oppose an increase in state taxes to make sure that more money is spent on the public schools in Ohio's poorer school districts?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Support              49%    37%    63%    45%    43%    54%    45%
Oppose               47     60     33     50     53     41     52
DK/NA                 4      4      4      4      4      5      4
 
                                                               HvKidsIn
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt PubSch
 
Support              54%    51%    47%    56%    38%    50%    53%
Oppose               42     45     51     40     59     45     42
DK/NA                 5      5      3      4      3      5      4
 
TREND: Would you support or oppose an increase in state taxes to make sure that more money is spent on the public schools in Ohio's poorer school districts?
                     Dec 11  Mar 21  Feb 1
                     2008    2007    2007
 
Support              49%     48      47
Oppose               47      47      47
DK/NA                 4       5       6
 
 
38. In order to reduce the difference between how much money is spent on students in wealthier districts and poorer districts, do you think it is a good idea or a bad idea for the state to change how schools are funded?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Good idea            69%    66%    68%    72%    70%    68%    65%
Bad idea             19     20     19     16     22     16     19
DK/NA                13     14     13     11      8     17     16
 
                                                               HvKidsIn
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt PubSch
 
Good idea            71%    72%    67%    70%    60%    67%    68%
Bad idea             17     15     21     14     27     22     20
DK/NA                12     13     12     16     13     11     12
 
 
39. Do you think that the amount of money that goes to education in Ohio should or should not be the same for all students, even if it means taking funding from some wealthy school districts and giving it to poor districts?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Should be the same   68%    58%    76%    66%    62%    73%    69%
Should not           24     34     16     26     31     19     25
DK/NA                 8      8      7      8      7      9      7
 
                                                               HvKidsIn
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt PubSch
 
Should be the same   72%    65%    76%    78%    61%    66%    71%
Should not           21     27     19     10     30     26     25
DK/NA                 6      8      5     13      9      8      4
 
 
40. In your opinion, how much does the amount of money spent on a public school student's education affect the quality of his or her education - A great deal, some, not much or not at all?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
A great deal         41%    29%    51%    40%    35%    46%    37%
Some                 39     43     36     39     38     39     41
Not much             13     18      7     16     18      9     13
Not at all            5      7      4      4      6      5      6
DK/NA                 2      3      2      2      2      2      3
 
                                                               HvKidsIn
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt PubSch
 
A great deal         49%    40%    46%    51%    34%    31%    49%
Some                 35     39     32     40     40     46     31
Not much             10     13     14      5     17     15     14
Not at all            3      6      6      3      7      5      5
DK/NA                 4      2      2      1      1      2      1
 
 
41. Do you think the quality of education that the public school children in your district are receiving is better, worse or about the same as most other public school children in the state?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Better               36%    40%    36%    33%    39%    34%    28%
Worse                14     10     18     13     11     17     14
About the same       45     45     41     49     46     44     52
DK/NA                 5      5      5      5      4      6      5
 
                                                               HvKidsIn
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt PubSch
 
Better               37%    42%    29%    19%    35%    33%    42%
Worse                15     13      9     20     16     13     13
About the same       43     39     59     60     44     51     41
DK/NA                 5      6      3      2      5      4      4
 
 
42. Governor Strickland has not yet revealed details for his education funding plan but says that if the legislature does not adopt it he would put it on the ballot for voters to decide. Who do you think should make decisions on changing Ohio's school funding formula - The state legislature or The voters?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Legislature          18%    17%    19%    18%    22%    14%    15%
Voters               79     80     77     79     76     81     83
DK/NA                 4      3      5      3      2      5      2
 
                                                               HvKidsIn
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt PubSch
 
Legislature          23%    17%    12%    19%    14%    22%    16%
Voters               75     79     86     76     84     72     81
DK/NA                 2      4      2      5      2      6      3
 
 
43. If state taxes are raised to increase education funding, do you think that all of the money should go to Ohio's poorer school districts or that the money should be distributed equally to all districts?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Poorer districts     25%    16%    34%    22%    22%    28%    23%
Equally to all       66     75     57     67     70     62     70
DK/NA                 9      9      8     11      8      9      7
 
                                                               HvKidsIn
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt PubSch
 
Poorer districts     32%    25%    19%    34%    18%    26%    26%
Equally to all       59     66     74     63     72     63     69
DK/NA                 9     10      7      4      9     11      6
 
 
44. Do you think other state programs should be cut in order to provide more money for education, or not?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes                  39%    37%    41%    38%    44%    34%    39%
No                   46     47     46     46     44     48     47
DK/NA                15     16     14     16     12     18     14
 
                                                               HvKidsIn
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt PubSch
 
Yes                  41%    38%    34%    41%    39%    42%    46%
No                   43     48     56     36     45     41     41
DK/NA                16     14     10     23     16     17     12
 
 
45. The state Board of Education wants to increase funding for public education by about $1 billion annually in order to more equalize per student school funding. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Good idea            49%    36%    60%    47%    49%    49%    41%
Bad idea             39     50     29     42     42     37     45
DK/NA                12     13     11     11     10     14     14
 
                                                               HvKidsIn
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt PubSch
 
Good idea            51%    50%    51%    58%    35%    51%    53%
Bad idea             36     37     38     27     54     40     39
DK/NA                13     13     10     15     11     10      7