Abolishing the Department of Education has been a longtime dream of conservatives. The Pew survey measuring the popularity of parts of the federal government would suggest the public could be on board.
The National Park Service clocks in as the most popular arms of the federal government followed by the Post Office and NASA.
The least popular parts are the IRS 51% negative to 42% positive, and the Department of Education, 47% negative to 45% positive.
Yes, it’s still at 45% positive, but the IRS is at 42% positive. This just goes to show you that Democrats will maintain a positive view of even the most reviled arms of the federal government.
Most federal agencies with the exceptions of the Park Service, the VA, DHS, NASA, and Social Security are underwater among Republicans. While Democrats love nearly every federal agency. Only two rank quite poorly, the IRS and the Department of Education at 30% negative to 62% positive.
That’s still mostly positive, but Dems tend to have much more positive views of federal agencies.
Going back to the 2019 survey, we see the map before the ‘pandemic’ effect kicked in for some agencies. GOP approval of the FBI/CIA had yet to crater, but the Department of Education was already faring poorly, but not yet underwater.
The question is why is the DOE unpopular not just among Republicans, but Democrats?
That doesn’t mean most Dems will climb on board with abolishing the DOE, but it suggests possibilities.
Algorithmic Analyst says
My little angle is that my little SF Bay school district might have been the first hole in the dam that led to the collapse, so I’ve watched the process with extreme irritation for 60 years or so now. The district was pretty good in the 1950s, under local control. All kinds of problems started in the 1960s, and the district eventually went bankrupt which gave the state of California the opportunity to take control. So we have gone in USA from local control of schools in the 1950s to Federal control today. Local control is much better, for example the local mothers are often extremely concerned with getting a good education for their kids, and take an active part in keeping the local schools on a positive track. I’ve seen a lot of that first hand. National level officials are much too remote to know what’s best for local level schools, if they even care about what’s best for local schools.
Ronny tried ti kill it 8 straight years! A liberal named Bob stopped him every year. One of many reasons I did not vote for the lib in ’96!
So we got bill and hillary clinton for another 4 years, and we’re still paying for it.
Tex the Mockingbird says
Its no longer the Dept of Education its the Dept of Indoctrination/Brainwashing Big Brother and the NEA
Spurwing Plover says
The less the Public wants it the more the NEA wants it
Algorithmic Analyst says
One more thing about driving good teachers out of the education system. It is not just teachers who are being abused by the system, but good administrators are being prosecuted for what are at best minor technicalities. A good local administrator very popular with the students, who staged large demonstrations in his favor, was not only forced out by leftist radicals higher up in the system, but is now being prosecuted and faces jail. What good teacher would want to subject himself to that kind of abuse? With the vast amount of legal verbiage one can’t hope to know completely, on top of the impossible burden of tasks one is faced with, how can anyone be expected to survive a political or legal assault from disaffected malcontents?