August 11th, 2010
12:19 PM ET
4 years ago

Majority of Americans favor aid for teachers

 A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows a majority of Americans polled support the $26 billion aid bill President Obama signed into law on Tuesday.
A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows a majority of Americans polled support the $26 billion aid bill President Obama signed into law on Tuesday.

(CNN) – Six in ten Americans favor the $26 billion bill providing aid to state governments for teachers' salaries and Medicaid benefits that President Obama signed into law on Tuesday, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.

The Senate passed their version of the bill last week after Democrats received some unexpected Republican support from Maine Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced last week that she would call members back from their six-week summer recess to pass the bill on Tuesday.

Full results [pdf]

"Not surprisingly, a majority of Republicans oppose the bill, but 57 percent of independents favor it," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.


The poll was conducted by phone with 1,009 American adults from August 6-10. It has a sampling error of plus/minus 3 points.

Full results (pdf)


Filed under: CNN Polls • Congress • Education • issues • Polls
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. A True Centrist

    I know all the Dems will come on this board and sell the "party of no" argument but let's look at the facts of this bill....

    1) this levies additional taxes on businesses which Obama's own administration states could lead to up to 450,000 private sector jobs lost. Net, there could be a loss of 150,000 jobs. I understand "could" is the key word here but that's a big risk.

    2) States who have cut spending have to supplement states who have not been responsible with their budgets. New York will get more aid than all of the states combined west of the Mississippi (excluding CA). It's just not fair.

    August 11, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Margaret Anderson/Boise, Idaho

    I am certainly grateful to the help for keeping teachers. I live in a State that our majority party cares very little for the teachers or education for our children. Gee our Senators and one Representative voted against this. (All the same party) What a surprise. Our single token Democrat did vote for it. Thank you Rep. Minnick. You are almost solely holding up our children. Our Republican leaders in this State will stand up for Corporations and big buisiness, but education is NOT their priority.

    August 11, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Orlando Patriot

    That is because the majority of people have NO IDEA what is in this thing!! Obama tells you it is to "help" keep teachers and not have to lay them off. This is untrue. How do I know this? Because Obama's lips are moving. When his lips move there is a lie there and many of you are too stupid to recognize this or do a little research. Let me enlighten you – the "stimulus", car "bailout", and this "teacher's bill" are ALL primarily going to shore up the shortages of the union PENSION PLANS!!

    Do you realize that YOUR money is going to, basically, buy union votes for the Democrats? Don't you care? Any business who had a shortage on pensions either has to come up with the money on their own or tell your workers we cannot continue at this pace and need to make a revision to the pension plans. BUT NOT UNION PENSION PLANS!! Obama is counting on those votes in November then again in 2012 and the ONLY chance he has is to BUY THE VOTES!! Lord knows he can't get the votes by simply explaining what he has done in 18 months because he hasn't done ANYTHING to help this economy.

    Can ANYONE tell us the economy today is ANY better than what it was when the Democrats took control of Congress in 2006 and has held the control every since? The Dems CREATED this recession and Obama continues to make it WORSE!!

    Jimmy Carter was always considered the "worst president" ever but Jimmy Carter is jumping up and down right now knowing that Obama has taken over that title.

    August 11, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. DagnyTag

    CNN=C.ommunist N.ews N.etwork......pathetic.

    "The poll was conducted by phone with 1,009 American adults".....yup, sounds like a "majority" to me.

    Did they bother to ask why $26B more now? Why tax business and investment in the U.S. AGAIN in order to pay for Union salaries, pensions, lib cess pool states that can't balance a budget and VOTES (AGAIN) just wks before school starts and November around the corner.(?????)

    This is THE most anti-biz, anti-private sector, anti-profit, anti-capitalist "president" and administration EVER. I mean seriously, if not them, who then?

    Liberals want the government to run business......while "the rich" pay. Brilliant. PLEASE COME SOONER NOVEMBER! It's a matter of survival at this point.

    August 11, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. J in Denver

    Those of us who can read are in favor of aid for teachers. Those who oppose (The GOP) don't understand the value of education.

    August 11, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. A Kickin' Donkey

    Indepedents are not usually swayed by the toxic talk of the Republican Party.

    Independents know that long term competitiveness of American Industry requires us to have well educated, science and math based workers ... even those in tradidtionally "blue collar" jobs.

    For America to be a solid economy ... it's got to MAKE THINGS .... at a PRICE that is better than everyone elses .... with QUALITY that is as good or BETTER than everyone elses.

    We've got to stop exporting jobs like we do under so-called "pro-business republicans" . Our laws and tax codes must be used to encourage factories to be built in the United States and punish those corporations that move jobs overseas while deriving most of their profits from the earnings of American workers.

    Capital, Profits, Jobs, Sales should be kept here.

    August 11, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. indaynj@yahoo.com

    Here is the math -
    150,000+ teachers saved jobs versus 31 to 38 million hungry Citizens (families, children, elderly, etc.) dependending in food stamps. Which ones has more weight - State jobs and Unions or hungry Americans? it is up to you to decide which is more important.

    August 11, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Dave C

    The question posed was do you support 26 b for Medicaid and teachers. The fact that hey cut $12 billion from food stamps and gave it to teachers unions wasn't mentioned.

    August 11, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Marcus

    To Orlando Patriot and the other ones who called me a fool/misinformed guy for believing in the CBO reports (more than one and since 2005!) and not in the GOP – Educate yourselfves dudes, CBO is a non-partisan institution that is usually praised by either the Dems or the GOP when they release a study/report/whatever that proves CLEARLY that a talking point/propposal/policy of the 'other side' is wrong or had flaws or doesn't works as it been said that it would have. Google 'CBO Tax cuts' and READ the reports that (since 5 years) warned us about the inneficacy of the 'Holy' Tax Cuts that did not paid themselves and stopped to bring significant revenue after a while because of that.
    Just Google it, fools.

    August 11, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Well done.

    way to go, Mr.President!

    August 11, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. LindaLou22

    As long as they are QUALIFIED and not UNEDUCATED themselves. I saw it with my own sons aged 36 and 40 now, when they were in Houston Independent School district. They came home speaking Ebonics from English Class. I promptly withdrew them from that class.

    August 11, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    My problem is 26 Billion dollars and not one of the 130 teachers my school diistrict laid off will be re-hired. So where does this money go? Here in NYS none of that federal money will save one teacher from layoff! NYS will use this money for what ever they want and in the meantime it will still be our children's education that will suffer.

    August 11, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. Marcus

    The 'bail out unions' is a fact?
    Prove it and you'll have a strong political tool for the November elections: 'How dare those DEMS to use teachers, cops, nurses and firefighters as excuses to pay their union buddies? Out with them!!!'
    That is going to be a great help for the GOP in the upcoming elections...
    AS LONG AS THEY PROVE IT.

    August 11, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. New Age Independant

    Democrats like to spin things in a way that there is only one decent answer. Of course, we should support our teachers. They dont get paid nearly enough to teach our children. However, the method that Democrats like to solve problems is causing our country serious economic issues. The "spendulous" bill doesn't have the funds to cover this? I don't think that taking money away from the Food Stamp program is acceptable to fund this bill. The Democrats are only stealing from the poor to give to the poor. Total Fail!

    August 11, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Haren

    Republican always against education, They like to keep average American uneducated so that they can manipulate them the way FOX news does.
    If we wanted to compete in this global world, than we should pay more money to teachers than a Baseball players.

    August 11, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Ferret out the BS

    Not surprising the majority of Republicans are on the wrong side of the legislation. By taking a "one size fits all" approach to these bills that support the people through the rough time this economy is presently in they lose the reason they are there .... to support the people.

    August 11, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Peter s

    Presidents,Scientist, Engineers, Doctors, Pilots, name it! to make it on top you have to go through the teachers and failure to do so you die on welfare or holding your tin foiled hat and a fascism smile!!

    August 11, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. balitr@toronto.ca

    You don't post my comments, so why worry!!

    August 11, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    C'mon CNN...you can do better than that with your headlines. Let's see some truly creative spinning...not this ho-hum crap. How about something like

    "Conservatives Favor Raising Idiot Children with No Intellectual Defense to Politically-Motivated Misinformation Campaigns."

    See...now THAT is an attention grabbing headline...and I didn't even have to lie.

    August 11, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Independent-minded

    Should the Republicans take over Washington again, the struggling people of this country – eg. all the currently-unemployed and likely-to-be-unemployed in the near future, the bankrupt families losing their homes, the mid-size business owners, those who work in mid-size business places, the kids of hard-working-but-not-so-rich parents who cannot pay for their kids' higher education, those parents who cannot afford ever-increasing astronomical insurance costs for their families, all of us who have been badly burned by the wild millionaires on Wall Street, etc. etc., WILL RECEIVE NO MERCY. All this – while the rich and the Republican politicians, who are enriched by money from Wall Street and insurance and oil industry lobbyists, will be vacationing and shopping away as if all is wonderful with the world!

    August 11, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Pragmatic

    and what does the GOP want deficit spending on?

    . Republican Senators are insisting on more guarantees for a 10-YEAR BUDGET INCREASE to fix up the aging nuclear weapons complex. MONEY FOR DEFENSE – nothing for unemployment benefits – no ideas for job creation except their failed "tax cuts and trickle down"...

    Why do the republican leaders hate average Americans so much ... ??

    August 11, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. darla

    Well I'm glad they do. a good education for anyone no matter what their economic means is a start, its the best way to protect the nation and take care of itself. America can't let their children not compete with the worlds best. Because if they don't they will wake someday realizing that America for all its claim of superpowerness will find themselves a country where where every nation around them are already in the space age. Where American teenagers are still going to be so proud to acquire a used convertible to use for going to high school, while their counterparts in China is already maneuvering an air transportation going to their job that they've been currently employed for five years.

    August 11, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. chris

    This is just further proof that the republicans don't care about the working people of America. But they're awfully fired up about the tax breaks for the richest among us.

    August 11, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. InlandEmperor

    Thank you Mr President. Yet again you have risen to the occasion and done what is in the best interests of Americans as a whole.
    It appears that it is coming not a second too soon...based on the punk kid in Arizona running for Congress that apparently needs to resort to stupid comments that not even his dad issued ( too often ) while VP of the US..

    August 11, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. Rush Goebbels

    Rush is against education,he might lose his base of listeners.

    August 11, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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