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. Augsbee

    As long as non of the $26 Billion go towards the Teacher's Union to pay for teachers' Viagra.

    August 11, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. GL

    So why do the Republicans continue to say they speak for the American people when they don't care nothing about the American people.

    August 11, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. GL

    57 percent of independents favor it," So I think the Republicans are in do do in Nov.

    August 11, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. K from AZ

    Yep, CNN a reputable pollster; same one that Chavez uses

    August 11, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    yeah right try again

    August 11, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Bill

    Unions are strong and can persuade anyone to believe what is good for them.... anything

    August 11, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. paraceratherium

    Of course the majority of Americans support it – just don't ask them to pay for it. We have reached a tipping point where soon, less than half of the population of this once great country will pay no federal income taxes. Once that point is reached, why not support spending and funding for anything and everything? After all, if it is not their money, it is easy to spend it. So much for the hypocritical Democrats and THEIR Paygo legislation...

    August 11, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. David in Houston

    An educated & informed society is viewed as a danger to the republican party...

    August 11, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. paraceratherium

    error – should have read "more than half of the population of this once great country will pay no federal income taxes."

    August 11, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. JB

    You mean the majority of Americans favor "bailouts to special interests" (as Mr. Boehner called them) like teachers and firefighters?

    When did teachers, firefighters and police become the enemy of the republican party?

    Republicans and their kneejerk responses are pathetic.

    What exactly have republicans done for the middle class working people lately? Heck, what constructive thing have they done for the middle class in the last 30 years?

    August 11, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Speak the Truth

    Why must the government always bail out teachers and union employees? What about the rest of Americans who don't have a job? We wouldn't even be in this economic mess if it wasn't for the greedy, powerful unions!

    August 11, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Cynthia

    CNN why don't you report where the $26 billion bill for state aid is coming from...such as $12 billion being stripped from food stamps nutrition program.

    August 11, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Gerald

    Yes, all CNN polls approve of spending money we do not have and in two years when the money is gone then what?

    August 11, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Dave

    Sounds good on the surface. But, the red tape and being one time money hardly makes it worth applying. Same goes for the stimulus money. Just delays the inevitable.

    August 11, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. jenn, philadelphia

    Did you happen to ask them if they still approved knowing that $12 billion dollars of that money comes from the food stamp program? Taking money from one program to pay for another isn't good government. It sounds more like a Ponzi scheme.

    August 11, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Jack

    That is because 10 out 10 Americans have no idea how its being paid for.

    August 11, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Donald

    Damn obama helping teachers we can use that money to nuke north koera and iran lol

    August 11, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Jeannettelj

    Most Americans favor aid for teachers. Most except the Repubs. Why are we surprised that they oppose the bill? The party of NO has spoken again.

    August 11, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. mj

    This latest "Bill" is nothing more than a payoff to Unions. Democrats rely heavily on their contributions. Guess who has to pay the "Bill" – American Taxpayers. Why couldn't they use TARP money left over instead of adding more debt? This spending spree has to stop!

    August 11, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. American Patriot

    YES, and favor Impeaching this Homeboy with the I'm so rich attitude.

    Bailout for Wallstreet while Mainstreet is diying.

    Kick him out

    August 11, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. Independent in NC

    Despite the bashing of this bill by the party of No and their childish followers the majority of Americans support it. We also support our teachers, police officers and fire fighters. To those of you who rant and rave about unions do some research before you complain.

    August 11, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Shirley in California

    Job well done Mr. President! Teachers are necessary and already don't make enough to make ends meet. I'm proud of this bill.

    On another note: PLEASE BOYCOTT KEITH OBERMANN. R. Gibbs was spot on when he leashed out at the "professional left." K. Olbermann and his fat sidekick Michael Moore need to go and work for FAKE news. I have nothing against our president's supporters calling him out when they have an issue with something he did or didn't do but Olbermann has gotten ridiculous! I turn off the t.v. when he comes on now. If we boycott his program he will soon find out Obama's supporters keep him on the air. I think this jerk needs a reality check. Democrats are famously stupid for putting you up there and then pulling you down. From now on, I think I will start watching CNN. Olbermann has gotten to high and mighty for me. He is down out nasty.

    August 11, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. jim

    Just another example of CNN trying to make news instead of reporting the news and using a phony poll to justify their point of view.It all comes down to how the questions are framed and who is the make up of the poll.

    August 11, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. Leeta

    Being a teacher in America is very difficult compare to other countries. They have to deal with students that has different ethnic backgrounds, biligual and students that HAS NO RESPECT TO TEACHERS AND OTHER STUDENTS. I experienced it when I was going to school so I know what teachers are going through.

    August 11, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. A simple plea to CNN

    I bet if the media did it's job and REPORTED that 12 BILLION of these funds were taken away from Food stamps programs, people would not be jumping for joy for this YET again payback to the tax fattened unions.

    How about doing your jobs CNN and actually reporting all the facts – YOU report WE decide????

    Catchy, isn't it?

    August 11, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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