More voters trust Republicans to deal with education issues over Democrats, and most U.S. voters believe that public school quality is getting worse, according to a Rasmussen poll released Wednesday.
Forty-three percent of likely U.S. voters polled said they trust Republicans to handle education issues, compared to 36% who said they trusted Democrats more, the survey showed.
As a vital voting group ahead of the midterm elections this fall, a plurality of independents said they believe the GOP is better than Democrats on education.
One quarter (25%) of all independent voters polled said they believe Democrats are the better party on education and one quarter (25%) said that both parties were about the same on the issue. However, 42% of independent respondents said Republicans were better on education.
Overall, most of the public has a negative view of public school education, according to the poll.
Nearly three out of five likely U.S. voters (58%) told Rasmussen that they believe that the quality of public schools in America is worse. Just 13% said they think school are getting better, while 25% said it is staying the same.
A poll from Selzer & Co. reported on by The Hill Wednesday showed even more stark numbers. Nearly 2 in 3 voters polled said that public schools are on the wrong track.