The majority of Americans do not want politics in the school classroom, according to a new poll.
The Grinnell College National Poll of over 1,000 American adults showed a strong tendency to agree that politics are "not appropriate" for schools.
Poll: Majority of Americans Say Public School Teachers Should Not Discuss Politics https://t.co/uzCvBiyFw4
— deborah green (@NewaiGreen) March 24, 2023
"Out of 1,004 U.S. adults polled between March 14-19 by Selzer & Company, 57 percent say it is inappropriate for public school teachers to bring their political views into their classrooms. Among parents of children in public schools, 41 percent say talking politics in the classroom is acceptable, while 58 percent disagree," Breitbart News reported.
"Out of seven groups poll respondents were asked about, public school teachers are the only group they say should not discuss politics," it added.
Majorities of Americans Approve of Citizens and Elected Officials Speaking Their Minds on Politics, but Not Public … https://t.co/J4vqz4z2IN pic.twitter.com/nK47QGpLMM
— Management Impact Solutions Consulting (@MiExecSearch) March 22, 2023
“Views of what is happening in public schools is the one place where suburban women align with Republicans,” said J. Ann Selzer, president of polling firm Selzer & Company.
“The reason we hear so many messages about what is happening in public schools may be the Republican wish to re-take the suburbs in key swing states (for example, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania). That shift from voting for Donald Trump in 2016 to Joe Biden in 2020 hinged on a shift among suburban voters, in particular suburban women," she added.
@pbump: Have you seen the new #GrinnellPoll out today (@GrinnellCollege with @jaselzer)?
• What content should be available in school libraries and who should decide
• Who should be able to speak openly about politics (57%: not school teachers)https://t.co/xZfAzKayLi
— Grinnell College National Poll (@GrinnellPoll) March 22, 2023
The poll results come as debates about political influence in public school classrooms continue to grow.
Florida drew strong controversy over its decision last year to pass a parental rights in education bill to ban teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity through third grade.
Other states have considered similar bills, including efforts to remove some literature from school libraries with sexually explicit material that many consider inappropriate.
Still other states have addressed Drag Queen Story Hour events, banning drag shows or activities in areas open to minors.
The poll shows that most Americans don't want politics in the classroom in an effort seemingly at odds with many on the left.