Inasmuch as people, on average, think teacher salaries are quite low, it should come as no surprise to learn that a strong majority of respondents think they should rise. In 2016, when we asked a randomly selected subgroup of our respondents whether teacher salaries should increase, 65% favored the idea (see Figure 11a). But when members of another random subgroup were first told the average teacher salary in their state, only 41% wanted to hand out pay raises (see Figure 11b). The same pattern obtains among Democratic and Republican partisans. Seventy-six percent of uninformed Democrats wanted a salary increase but only 49% of the informed ones did. For Republicans, these percentages were 52% and 33%, respectively. Information even had its effects on teacher opinion. Eighty-nine percent of the uninformed teachers, but just 79% of the informed, favored a pay raise for themselves and their colleagues. These “information effects” on opinions about teacher salaries have been observed every year from 2008 to 2016.
Because The Changes Over The Last 30+ Years Has Cause Income Inequality Not Seen Since The Roaring 30’s Leading To The Great Recession Also The Last Time Republicans Were In Power Across The Country. This Clip Shows How Americans Are Uninformed & Even Worse Misinformed How Bad Income Inequality Has Got At The Hands Of The RICH
The question a dispassionate observer would ask is, “Given that Republicans and Democrats are so similar in terms of policy changes, even more similar when you consider that the overwhelming majority of policy doesn’t change in a single presidency, why did republicans tend to get elected in times of low wage growth?”
Politicians on both sides of the aisle have tried to use healthcare issues to their advantage, Democrats talking about the right that all Americans should have to quality healthcare while Republicans hammer on the tremendous cost and its impact on the government’s deficit and on business.
All of this does support one point you make, which is that when it comes to Republicans vs Democrats there often isn’t a lot of difference, and that’s because they all are easily swayed by those who court them with the most money and seeming appreciation. (I add the word “often” to your own claim because actually there was a lot of economic difference between Bush and Clinton.) So, of course, the economy has continued to look like the Bush economy. Where Obama did try to make some small changes, such as investing in infrastructure to put people to work, Republicans blocked him, knowing that presidents rarely get re-elected during bad economies.
Support for increases in teacher salaries has subsequently bounced back among both uninformed and informed respondents, but these rebounds have not followed the same course. Among uninformed respondents, the decline in support continued through 2011, but subsequently has recovered most of its lost ground, reaching the 65% level in 2016 mentioned above. In the intermittent years, we once again see a somewhat attenuated version of a seesaw pattern in the level of support depending on whether or not it is an election year. Once again, the seesaw pattern is greater among uninformed Republicans than uninformed Democrats. Also, the partisan gap among those uninformed of current salary levels persists, and in fact it seems to be growing. Democratic partisans are anywhere between 14 and 25 percentage points more supportive of higher teacher salaries than Republicans are, with the gap 10 percentage points wider in 2015 and 2016 than it had been in 2008 and 2009.
Since then, support among respondents who were not given spending information has bounced around at that level, with support fluctuating somewhat, depending on the year. In even-numbered years, when state and national elections are held, the share of the uninformed members of the public who favor higher spending is roughly 5 percentage points higher than it is in odd-numbered years, when most states do not hold elections. Is it possible that people come to think more spending is needed when expenditure levels are under debate in forthcoming elections? It is hard to say, because our data are collected in May and June of each year, when campaigns are only beginning to attract public attention. Still, no other explanation comes to mind for the small but regular seesaw in support for more spending among the uninformed respondents. The seesaw pattern is somewhat more pronounced among uninformed Republicans than uninformed Democrats, perhaps because Democrats are generally more committed to higher funding for education, while Republican thinking is more responsive to political and economic circumstances. About that one can only speculate. (The opinions of the informed respondents do not show a clear seesaw pattern.)
However, you’ll note there is nothing in my article that extends any wish to give either Democrats or Republicans any sanction. They have both failed us. Give me a Rand Paul on the conservative side or a Bernie Sanders on the liberal side. At least, both can think outside of the party nutshell.
Glad you visited the blog. In my view, this $20 TRILLION drop in the bucket looks a lot more like an ocean of national debt created by both Republicans and Democrats, so we have a different idea about its size and impact. I think we are already paying the impact every single day in the form of a stagnant economy that refuses to grow as fast as the population even with the greatest amount of stimulus on earth. The economy can no longer even expand to keep up with population growth because our debt is so enormously expensive that it is consuming most of our life energy just to service the interest.
Current expenditures per pupil. As noted, people tend to underestimate the amount of money spent on public schools. When we asked respondents to estimate per pupil spending in their local school district, the average response in 2016 was $7,020, little more than 50% of the actual per pupil expenditure of $12,440, on average, in the districts in which respondents lived. That underestimation may color people’s thinking as to whether or not expenditures should go up. In 2016, when a random selection of respondents were asked if spending in their school district should be increased (as opposed to either being cut or remaining at current levels), 61% supported the idea (see Figure 10a). But in another random group, in which people were first told their district’s current level of school expenditure, only 45% favored an increment (see Figure 10b). Among Democrats, 70% of those not informed, but only 57% of the informed, want to spend more. A larger difference of 20 percentage points separates the uninformed (51%) and the informed respondents (31%) among Republicans. Information also influences teacher opinion. The difference between the uninformed and informed groups of teachers is 15 percentage points in the 2016 survey.
So, REALLY, almost nothing changed … until the recent election where he partially undid the Bush Tax cuts. Even there, he did not go far enough. He and the rest of the Democrats should have taken taxes back to where they were during the Clinton Administration, but they couldn’t seem to get that past the Republicans.