Hispanos Recibirán El Mayor Impacto De Las Posiciones De Los Candidatos
Presidenciales Con Respecto A La Educación
New Poll: Latino Voters Will Be Most Impacted By Presidential Candidates'
Positions on Education
89% Say Improving Public Education Should Be 'Very
Important Priority' For Next President
As the Democratic presidential candidates prepare to debate tonight, a new poll
released today shows that a candidate's position on education will have a
greater impact on Latino voters than their positions on any other issue -
including immigration and health care - and that Latinos are nearly unanimous
that improving public education should be a "very important priority" for the
next president. The poll surveyed 1000 registered Latino voters.
"The Latino community is increasingly showing its desire to help shape the
future of our country at the ballot box," said Janet Murguia, President and CEO
of the National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino civil rights and advocacy
organization in the U.S. and steering committee member for Ed in '08, a
nonpartisan campaign to raise awareness of education issues in the 2008
presidential race campaign. "What this poll makes clear is that Latinos believe
the key to our future is improving the quality of public school education and
will vote for the candidate with the best comprehensive plan to do that."
"Presidential candidates have been largely silent about our failure to give our
children the skills to be ready to succeed in college, career and life," said
Roy Romer, Chairman of ED in '08, "If the presidential candidates want to
respond to the priorities of Latinos and demonstrate they're ready to be
president, they can start tonight by talking about their plans to get our
children ready to succeed in college, career and life."
Other Key Findings in this poll include:
-- Latino voters consider the high dropout rate among Latino students to be the
greatest educational problem for the Latino community in the U.S.
-- Half of those surveyed declared that they considered the quality of public
schools to be "mediocre" or "poor."
-- While generally rating teachers positively, more than 80% of the Latino
electorate feels that one way to improve public education in America is to hire
more teachers with expertise in the subjects they will teach.
The poll was co-sponsored by ED in '08 and the National Council of La Raza and
released at the NCLR's annual convention in Miami.
ED in '08/National Council of La Raza Poll of Hispanic Voters