Poll: Arnold lacks support on education

first_imgGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a job-approval rating of 62percent among likely voters, but just 34percent support for the job he’s doing on education, a poll released Wednesday says. The survey by the Public Policy Institute Poll notes that Schwarzenegger has pushed back an overhaul of the school-funding system to 2008, his “Year of Education Reform,” which could account for the disparity in the numbers. Respondents also gave low marks to legislators, with just 38percent approving of their overall job performance and 29percent satisfied with their handling of education. “While education remains a critical issue for most Californians, they clearly see a lack of progress and appear to be questioning the return on all the investment and activity of recent years,” PPIC spokesman Mark Baldassare said. The poll also found that 80percent of respondents think the quality of the state’s K-12 schools is something of a problem, and 52percent think schools are in big trouble. But even so, they lack confidence in officials, their ability to allocate resources properly and are reluctant to increase education spending without greater fiscal responsibility. About 48 percent of respondents said the state needs to increase funding for education, while 37percent said the state should make better use of existing funds. sgeissinger@angnewspapers.com (916) 447-9302 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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