These poll numbers relate specifically to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s efforts to reform education and the budget in that state, but I’d be willing to bet they mirror public sentiment in a lot of places, including Georgia. From Quinnipiac University, via Jim Geraghty at NRO:
New Jersey voters approve 50 – 46 percent of the way Gov. Christopher Christie is handling the state budget, but disapprove 52 – 44 percent of the way he is handling education. Gov. Christie’s proposal to limit school superintendent salaries is a good way to balance the budget, 69 percent of voters say, while 27 percent say it is meddling.
By a 64 – 16 percent margin, voters have a favorable opinion of public school teachers, but by 45 – 30 percent they have an unfavorable opinion of the New Jersey Education Association. Teachers unions play a negative rather than a positive role in improving education, voters say 51 – 39 percent.
New Jersey voters favor merit pay for good teachers 69 – 27 percent and support Christie’s proposal to limit teacher tenure 62 – 32 percent.
So, to recap:
And yet, in spite of all that, they think a governor who pursues policies that align with these sentiments is doing a good job on the budget, but not on education. Go figure.
– By Kyle Wingfield