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Monday, July 21, 2014

Siena Poll Finds 49% Of New Yorkers Say Common Core Needs To Go

These poll numbers are going to make NYSED Commissioner King and Regents Chancellor Tisch very, very sad:

BY a 49-39 percent margin, voters want to see implementation of the Common Core stopped rather than continued.

Digging into the numbers:

"While a majority of New York City voters and a plurality of Democrats think Common Core standards continue to be implemented, a majority of Republicans, independents and upstaters, and a plurality of downstate suburbanites think implementation should be stopped. A majority of white voters want implementation stopped, a majority of black voters want implementation continued, and Hispanic voters are evenly divided," Greenberg said.

Support for the Common Core has plummeted across the state, with New York City the only stronghold of support remaining.

But if I were John King, Merryl Tisch, Andrew Cuomo or any other Common Core proponent, I wouldn't take much solace from that because the trajectory of CCSS support is clearly tanking.

By a 47%-40% margin, Dems in the state support CCSS.

By 60%-25% margin, Republicans oppose CCSS.

And by a 53%-39% margin, independents oppose CCSS.

Common Core proponents have completely lost Republicans, they have lost a majority of independents and they've lost 40% of Dems, maintaining a slim 7 point plurality in Dem support for the Core.

So far, Core proponents have been able to keep the Core alive and well in NY State and until politicians are made to pay for their political support of the Core and the ancillary reforms like testing and teacher evaluations tied to tests that go with it, I don't see that changing in the short term.

But as support for the Common Core continues to erode, political support in Albany is going to soften and eventually erode too.

We're at 49%-39% in opposition to the Core.

It's a 10 percentage point plurality.

Back in February, here's where voters were:

Most New York voters back a two-year delay in the implementation of the controversial Common Core education standards, but they remain divided on the quality of the curriculum itself, a new Siena College poll found.

The poll found a bare majority – 50 percent to 38 percent – of New Yorkers backs a two-year delay of the roll out of the standards, which has come under criticism from parents and teachers alike for a reliance on standardized tests and lack of preparation.

But voters are divided on the learning standards themselves, the poll found.

Thirty-six percent say the standards are too demanding, while 24 percent believe they aren’t demanding enough. Just 23 percent believe the standards strike the right balance.

Different questions asked about the Core back in February, but you get the idea here how opposition to the Core in New York State is beginning to solidify.

It is incumbent upon Core critics and opponents to continue to grow the opposition to the Core and make some politicians who support the CCSS pay a political price for that support.

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