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. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    Not too surprising as only the neo-cons and republiklans would consider teachers, firemen and police as "special interests".

    August 11, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Larry

    Keep running your mouths republicans.

    Boehner, do you still believe it was a special interests bailout?

    August 11, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Hey all you Thrifty McThriftersons out there, You do realize that our economy runs on spending, right? If consumers aren't spending and the private sector isn't spending, guess who has to spend to keep the economy going? I'll give you three guesses and the first two don't count. Have a nice day!

    P.S. Ayn Rand was a second-rate romance novelist and a sociopath.

    August 11, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Shawn-Ga

    Learn the facts, do not just go on the face of this one.... There is still PLENTY of money in the stimulance funds that is not allocated and that could have gone to this. Instead, they are taking the money from needy families (food stamps) and forcing the states who take money to not make any changes for next years budgets. This is what happens when they try to force an unnamed unread bill through in an "emergency" session. For the love of your country open your eyes people...

    Also the 1 state who did not blow through their stimulance money (TX) is not even allowed to get 1 cent of this money...

    Educate yourselves do not believe what you are told alone!!!

    August 11, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Of course the average age of Faux News nuts is 65 and that kool-aid is some strong stuff. Maybe the right is so brain-washed they didn't even know what the bill actually was. Something to do with unions and special interests – word of mouth on Faux. Don't bother to check the facts.

    August 11, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Get A Grip

    This is a gift to teachers and government union workers.....all about votes for Obama.

    Some Democrats and Advocacy Groups aren't happy about this. The food-stamp cupboard is being raided to fund a state-aid bailout.

    August 11, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. jasonwil

    I really dont understand why rep say no to everything this bill is going to help teachers and fireman from being layedoff Something not right about them they say no to helping the sick they say NO to helping The unemployed and NO to the teachers and police whats wrong with them do they reall what all of us to fail. Maybe they THEY JUST DONT CARE

    August 11, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Jenn

    Republicans oppose assisting teachers. No wonder there. Just look at Sarah Palin's recent encounter with a teacher in Homer, Alaska where she rolls her eyes in disdain when she learned the lady is a teacher. More and more and more Republicans are becoming just plain anti-American. Period.

    August 11, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Duck Fallas

    I remember my 7th grade English teacher; she had great special interests.

    August 11, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    I wonder what the Fox/Opinion Research Corporation poll says. I wonder what Rus Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, and Glen Beck have to say about it? (By the way, I believe the CNN/
    Opinion Research Corporation poll to be more accurate). What Pappa Limbaugh says, the GOP do. I wonder which Republicans are going to attempt to block it?

    August 11, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. brett

    people on this cnn poll is HUGE error. Did they know that Govt have to bail them out AGAIN in 2011...again in 2012, and again 2013....going on? I HATE to see many get LAY off, but we dont need raise what we owe.....

    simple solve.....STOP sent factory oversea. If i running for president... i WILL BANNED or RAISE CORP tax to 75% on every oversea factory. This will helps american get jobs and govt can earn the tax better to provide the BEST SCHOOL in country.

    you BUMMER, blue people! (BLue people has been take over america since FDR than just red people?)

    August 11, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. hypocricnnation

    That's Great! But It Really Doesn't Matter What A HypocriCNN! (Self-Fulfilling ProfiCNN!) Poll Says, That's Unless You Live In A Vacuum!

    August 11, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. aneanderthal

    I am sure if the administration and the congress told the citizens that aid for teachers was really money for the NEA executives and to keep some of these wasteful, labor practices in place, they would be against it. Unfortunately, the NEA has taught people not to watch their corrupt and lazy members. Did you know that the average child will spend 2 of his 12 years in school under a substitute teacher? This from a group that only works 9 months out of the year and gets lots of other time off during the school year. If we had employees like this, we would fire them and get more competent, efficient and effective people. Unfortunately, these are the people of Obozo, so you will never know. CNN won't tell you.

    August 11, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. BeverlyNC

    Of course we favor funding for teachers, police, fire, and EMTs. We want our communities to have the best education, protection, and good community life.

    Republicans care nothing about the lives of average Americans or the issues we face and care about. They hate education and would rather see our cities decline, our job numbers fall, and our lives made worse so they can give tax cuts to their rich white buddies and greedy corporations. They don't care that is adds 4 Trillion dollars to the deficit. Deficits don't matter to them when it benefits the rich.

    How could ANYONE be against education, jobs, and strong communities??

    Evidently the Republicans can. They are against EVERYTHING to help working families. We need to stand up and be against them come November, They have done NOTHING for us and they do not deserve any seat in any office. They are selfish, coarse, arrogant, and have no human decency, morals or values. They even want to take away our Social Security and Medicare.

    August 11, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. doug

    People favor it because your wording is a lie.

    This was in no way Teacher aide, this was Obama pay back to the Unions for their support. Not bad, millions in support for Obama and he gives you back billions. However, lib lib will tell you this is fair and speak some Bush/oil lie.

    August 11, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. cf

    Did you see the way Sarah Palin rolled her eyes and let out a dismissive "oh..." when she learned she was talking to a teacher? Republican Tea Partiers hate teachers. They hate education, knowledge, freedom of information, science, scientists, research, public schools, and the Department of Education... not just indifferent to them or think they are less important, but actively HATE them, perceive them as enemies to be defeated. How anybody can support such a political agenda is beyond me.

    August 11, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. vic

    China population 1.3 Billion, India population nearly billion their economy is growing fast
    In 80s and 90s India invest more on the education ( IT) now they invented the Lap top for 20 to 35 $ . They want Laptops affordable for all students
    We can’t close our schools and we can’t lose good teachers

    August 11, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. Donkey Party

    Of course Republicans oppose it, they hate Americans, especially educated ones.

    August 11, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. Capt. Snarky

    Hmmm, teachers work 9 months out of the year, and get paid for 12.

    And our kids can't read, can't do algebra, don't know squat about science, and have zero work skills when they hit the job market. Wonderful job they are doing – I know, let's pay em MORE..........That'll teach em........

    Ridiculous.

    August 11, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. sammieb51

    This also included firemen and policemen - you know, the ones the GOP campaigned with in the first part of the millenium. Good PR and all that. Apparently these 'civil' servants have fallen from grace and no longer serve a political purpose for hte GOP.

    Also, the GOP is saying the Fed govt doesn't have the right to fund state school systems - isn't that what No Child Left Behind did?

    August 11, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. Simon-Orlando

    The problem is that you can't just give money to government union workers and expect the economy to grow. You have to inject cash into the private business sector so they can hire new employees. All he is doing is delaying the inevitable layoffs in the ranks of teachers and government employees. He would be better off cutting $1000 checks to everybody to stimulate spending.

    August 11, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. BILL, WI

    What the poll did not ask was would you agree to cutting federal assistance programs, to include over 40 million dollars from the food stamp program, to appease the teachers union.

    August 11, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. Barbara

    Are these funds Bush promised to the states but were never funded?

    August 11, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Geo

    CNN's polls are a joke. They're always phrased in a way to get an answer that supports the more liberal point of view. In this case I'm sure most people support hiring and paying teachers a decent wage but this bill is not about saving teacher's jobs. It's about saving retired teachers pensions and about paying teacher's union bosses salaries. Nothiing more.

    August 11, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. Buster

    Load of bull, this country does not favor unions by a healthy majority. I am a Republican/Independent because I work for a living and everyone cannot be like most demorats and be on welfare.

    August 11, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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