Education and the 2016 election: What the public thinks

Education and the 2016 election: What the public thinks

September 2016

Frederick M. Hess and Kelsey Hamilton

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  • Although the presidential candidates have occasionally mentioned education on the campaign trail, it has clearly not been at the forefront of this election.
  • In national polls, education consistently ranks in the top third or top half of public concerns. This is consistent with the past three presidential elections.
  • The 2016 election, while unusual in many respects, remains typical in its discussion of education. Education is often seen as a local concern, and although significant, it is not a top-tier issue, which will inevitably color how a new administration proceeds.

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