published : 2023-08-24

Commitment to Good Citizenship Over Gender Identity: A Crucial Debate Among Voters

A Comprehensive Poll Reveals An Overwhelming Majority Favor Concentrating More on Civic Virtues

A close-up shot of a student's hand writing an essay about good citizenship on a school desk, taken with Nikon D850

In a landscape where academia is rapidly evolving, an enlightening survey dives deep into voters’ views regarding contemporary school curriculums. The results reflect a noticeable agreement, transcending party affiliations, that our public education system falls short in imparting understanding about one's responsibilities as a conscientious citizen.

The majority, an impressive 70%, feel that this area is not being sufficiently addressed. This sentiment spans across political identities - Democrats (65%), Republicans (75%), and independents (71%). However, the concern does not end here. Over half of the respondents express that they perceive a dearth of emphasis on the basics - reading and writing (54%) and math and science (50%)

A significant minority, about 44%, affirm that issues related to racism demand more attention. The data reveals party-specific preferences too. For instance, a considerable amount of Republicans believe essential skills like reading and writing (61%) and mathematics and science (60%) are falling by the wayside, whereas Democrats stress the current lack of focus on dismantling racism (67%).

The topic of sex education and gender identity displays a divisive response - about a quarter (23%) of respondents argue its underrepresentation, while almost two times (48%) of them feel it is excessive, with 19% of these being Democrats.

A group of multiethnic students engaging in a classroom debate over the topic of racism, captured with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

On further examination, Democrats are split about the matter - close to equal proportions feel that content on gender identity is adequate (34%) or needs more coverage (39%). In contrast, a vast majority of Republicans (77%) express concern about its saturation.

When faced with the most conflicting issues, independents align with Democrats on the scarcity of education on racism (43% think there’s too little being taught), while they concur with Republicans on the excessive teaching of sexual orientation (47% believe there’s too much).

When gauged for parental viewpoints, it’s observed that similar to voter sentiment, the majority of parents (67%) express a shortage of stress on good citizenship. Besides, a sharp contrast is seen between mothers and fathers in terms of the attention devoted to teaching gender identity - more proportion of fathers (70%) than mothers (49%) voice its overemphasis.

Pollster Chris Anderson, who teamed up with Daron Shaw to conduct the study, suggests, 'The consensus about what should be taught in public schools breaks when we bring up the contentious issues of racism and gender identity.',

A parent and child sitting at the kitchen table together, discussing tax-funded schooling options from a brochure, snapped with Sony Alpha a7 III

An analysis of taxpayers' attitudes towards funding for various school types reveals mixed-to-negative views. Exactly half, 50%, support state funds being used for charter schools, contrasted with opposing views held by 44%. Simultaneously, a striking six out of ten oppose the use of taxpayer money for private or religious education (57% and 60% respectively).

The study reveals Democrats and independents predominantly opposed to funding religious and private schooling, while Republicans are in favor. Views about taxpayer money backing charter schools division, with over half of Democrats (51%) against it, a substantial base of Republicans support it (59%), and independents evenly split (43% favor vs. 49% oppose).

As Shaw simplifies the findings, 'The key to understanding where voters are on this issue appears to be using taxpayer funds. Despite reservations about public education, many see these choice initiatives coming at the cost of public school funding.' Among parents, close to six in ten support funding charter schools with taxpayer money (59% in favor), with opinions divided when it comes to funding private tuition (49% for, 48% against). However, they echoed the majority’s sentiment regarding funding religious schools (57% against).