Public Views Education and Defense as Top Spending Priorities According to Ipsos-Reid/CEF Poll

Majority of Americans Support Increased Education Spending Even in the Face of Larger Deficit

Between February 1 and February 3, 2002, Ipsos-Reid U.S. Public Affairs interviewed a representative sample of 1,000 adults nationwide by telephone for the Committee for Education Funding. The margin of error is +/- 3.1%

WASHINGTON, DC (February 7, 2002) - According to the latest Ipsos-Reid/CEF Poll, two-thirds (67%) of the American public would accept a larger deficit in order to provide improved education for students from kindergarten through college. This places support for increased education spending just behind spending for the war on terrorism (78%) as deficit expenditures Americans will accept today. The American public offered less support on domestic issues such as increased spending to stimulate the economy (62%) and making permanent tax cuts (39%) when asked whether those spending proposals were acceptable when the budget is in a deficit.


Is It Okay To Spend In A Deficit?

As a general rule, most Americans (60%) are willing to give up the discipline of a balanced budget in order to pay for education programs for students from kindergarten through college.

More than two-thirds of Americans (70%) support increased federal education spending to achieve goals such as improvements in the education of students from kindergarten through college and to create opportunities for Americans - a comparable number to the 74% who support increased spending in order to win the terrorism war and improve the military.

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About CEF

Founded in 1969, the Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a nonprofit and nonpartisan coalition of over 100 organizations reflecting the broad spectrum of the education community, seeks to achieve adequate federal support for the education of our nation's students. Members include education associations, institutions, agencies and organizations whose interests range from preschool to postgraduate education in both the public and private systems. For more information about CEF, please visit our Website at

The survey was conducted by Ipsos-Reid U.S. Public Affairs, the Washington, D.C.-based division of Ipsos-Reid, which is part of the world's fourth largest polling and market research organization, the Ipsos group, based in Paris. Ipsos-Reid U.S. Public Affairs is a non-partisan, objective public affairs research organization made up of Democratic and Republican campaign and political polling veterans. It was established in Washington in August 2001, and it is led by Thomas Riehle, who has more than 15 years of experience as a political pollster in Washington.

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