New parent poll shows education rising to third biggest issue in General Election

Today the National Education Union publishes the results of a poll of parents of school-age children in England, conducted by Deltapoll. FE News reports. 

The poll shows

  • Voting intention (excluding “would not vote” and “don’t know”): Labour 38% (+1), Conservatives 33% (+1), Liberal Democrats 11% (-2), The Brexit Party 9% (-), UKIP 4% (-) and Greens 4 (-1). Changes w/ 11-13 Nov.
  • ​When asked to choose the two or three most important issues in this election, education came third at 28%. This is a rise of 2% since the same question was put two weeks ago. The top issues remain the NHS (55%) and EU/Brexit (29%).

The poll also invited parents to comment on specific issues:

  • 54% thought that funding for state schools in their area was insufficient, with 32% saying sufficient and 14% don’t know.
  • 78% agree that child poverty is a big issue in Britain today, with 14% saying not a very big issue and just 3% seeing it as no issue at all.

Commenting on the findings of the parent poll,Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: “The importance of education is growing in this election. Parents, alongside teachers, head teachers and support staff, know that if you value education then you must vote for education.”

Read the full article including more comment from the NEU New parent poll shows education rising to third biggest issue in General Election

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