According to a recent education poll, Republicans have made up a massive amount of headway among voters. Respondents to the poll said that they were more likely to vote for Republican Senators and Governors and that education was very important to them at the polls. The poll covered Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
The poll was conducted by the American Federation of Teachers, who released a memo soon after that blamed Republicans and gave Democrats talking points on education.
The memo said, “Neither party enjoys a clear advantage on the issue of education today.”
The poll suggests the opposite.
The poll shows that voters plan to select a Republican Senator at a 45% to 42% lead, and select a Republican Governor at a 46% to 43% lead. On top of that, 68% of respondents said that education was the most, or one of the most, important issues.
The memo said that Republicans are “politicizing education,” banning books and depriving children of honest and accurate education.
The messaging also suggested that Democrats should express that they’re going to invest in education and that they’re going to “focus on fundamentals to help students succeed.”
Basically, the memo says that Democrats should blame Republicans and buy votes with promises to fund education.
Democrats have watched one key election crash and burn and they know that they have to change things up in order to win. Instead of pushing parents out of schools, they’ve decided that they’ll be more inviting this election cycle and hopefully yield a different result.
The memo says, “Frame Republican politicians, not parents, as the threat to public education. Acknowledge parents’ important role in education and the need for parental input on curriculum issues. Republicans try to divide parents and teachers, which weakens schools and harms students; Democrats stand with parents and teachers, committed to improving public schools for all children.”
It’s a little too late for that. After the National School Board Association wrote the letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland that compared parents to terrorists, it’s very clear where Democrats stand on that issue. It’s hard to forget the Federal Bureau of Investigations coming after parents.
Even though the poll found that voters prefer Republicans, the media is still spinning the story. NBC News reported, “Armed with new polling, one union president is launching a campaign to convince voters that Republicans are wrong on cultural issues.”
These are the exact issues that have led voters to turn against Democrats. Critical Race Theory and gender ideology are the main separating issues when it comes to education and Democrats aren’t standing on the winning side of the vote.