Do teachers make enough?

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Do teachers make enough?

A majority of Americans think U.S. school teachers do not make enough money. In a Poll Position national scientific telephone survey we asked, do you think school teachers in the U.S. are underpaid, overpaid, or make the right amount of money? More than half of Americans, 56% said teachers are underpaid, 24% think U.S. teachers make the right amount of money, 13% said teachers are overpaid, 8% did not have an opinion on the question.

Republicans and Democrats differed over the teachers pay. Among Republicans, 45% said teachers are underpaid, 19% said they are overpaid, 30% said teachers make the right amount of money. Democrats countered with 67% saying teachers are underpaid, only 4% said U.S. teachers are overpaid, 19% said teachers make the right amount of money. Independents weighed in with 57% saying teachers are underpaid, 15% think they are overpaid, 21% said U.S. teachers make the right amount of money.

Young Americans, those in the 18-29 year old age group felt strongest about teacher pay with 69% saying U.S. teachers are underpaid, 8% said they are overpaid, 19% said teachers make the right amount of money.

Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,142 registered voters nationwide was conducted December 06, 2011 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.

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Poll Position is committed to transparency and upholding the highest professional standards in its polling, explaining why we provide you with the crosstabs of our scientific polls. Crosstabs provide a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation. Here are the crosstabs for this poll: Poll Position Crosstabs-Teacher’s salary

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One thought on “Do teachers make enough?

  1. My children did not have teachers who deserved any more than what they were paid. They taught their classes in front of the group, they droned on and on regardless of whether the kids understood or not. Had to stay on schedule. Plus the teachers taught to the standardized tests so there was no extraordinary ideas, just got the information out so they could say they taught it.

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