Atlanta, Ga. – January 5, 2011 – A majority of Americans think U.S. school teachers do not make enough money.
A Poll Position national scientific telephone survey found that more than half of Americans (56%) said teachers are underpaid, 24% think U.S. teachers make the right amount of money, 13% said teachers are overpaid, 8% did not have an opinion on the question.
Republicans and Democrats differed over the teachers pay. Among Republicans, 45% said teachers are underpaid, 19% said they are overpaid, 30% said teachers make the right amount of money.
Democrats countered with 67% saying teachers are underpaid, only 4% said U.S. teachers are overpaid, 19% said teachers make the right amount of money.
Independents weighed in with 57% saying teachers are underpaid, 15% think they are overpaid, 21% said U.S. teachers make the right amount of money.
Young Americans, those in the 18-29 year old age group felt strongest about teacher pay with 69% saying U.S. teachers are underpaid, 8% said they are overpaid, 19% said teachers make the right amount of money.
See a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation in crosstabs for this poll at http://media.pollposition.com.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/Poll-Position-Crosstabs-Teachers-salary1.pdf.
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,142 registered voters nationwide was conducted December 06, 2011 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.
What do you think? Do you think that school teachers in the U.S. are underpaid, overpaid, or make the right amount of money? Vote in the online companion poll and comment at http://pollposition.com/2012/01/04/do-teachers-make-enough/.
The online companion poll in which you can vote provides unscientific results, meaning it’s a tally of participating Poll Position users, not a nationally representative sampling.
Poll Position is committed to transparency and upholding the highest professional standards in its polling, explaining why we provide you with the crosstabs of our scientific polls. Crosstabs provide a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation.
Learn more about Poll Position’s polling methodology at http://pollposition.com/2011/09/26/our-polling-methodology/.
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