Despite a declining national and state economy, a majority of Texas voters still maintain
that too little is being spent on education. A 60% majority of voters believe the state
government is spending too little on education versus 10% who say too much and 24%
who say the right amount. This perception of under-investment is held by majorities of
Republicans, Independents and Democrats, and it is essentially unchanged from the
view held throughout our polling from 2003 through 2007.
Sixty-three percent (63%) of Texans think state funding for public schools should be
increased. By contrast, just 6% believe state funding for schools should be decreased
and 27% say it should be kept at the same level. This majority support for increasing
state spending on schools is held by 54% of Republicans, 62% of Independents, and
76% of Democrats.
Despite the economic anxiety of voters, those who support increasing the funding of
schools remains over 60%.
Furthermore, 71% of voters - with no partisan bias (Republicans 69%, Independents
71% and Democrats 76%) - believe the state legislature has more work to do to properly
fund public schools, versus 20% who say it has sufficiently addressed the issue.
Although those saying the Legislature must do more has declined from 81% two years
ago to 71% now, the current 7-to-2 sentiment remains overwhelmingly lopsided.