The full poll and some crosstabs are in the subscribers-only section. Here’s a Southtown article on the poll that is to be released today.
Illinois voters say education funding is the leading issue in the race for governor, but only a slim majority are willing to pay more taxes to support low-income schools, according to a poll released today by Speak Out for Illinois Schools, a coalition of education and community organizations.
Forty-four percent of Illinois voters said education was the top issue in the November election, over issues like job creation, government waste and health care.
And nearly two-thirds of voters want to see an increase in the state share of funding for public education, compared to 24 percent who think it should remain at the same level.
But voters are split over whether they want to part with more of their hard-earned cash to fund education.
Just more than half are willing to pay more taxes to increase funding for low-income school districts. Samantha Anderson of Communities for Quality Education is optimistic about that 51 percent.
Funding for low-income schools was the only expense a majority of voters were willing to pay with a tax increase, the poll shows. Teacher training, school construction and programs for wayward youth, for example, garnered just 30 percent in favor of higher taxes.