poll puts pre-k at the head of the class

Poll Puts Pre-K at the Head of the Class

With a remarkable degree of intensity, Maryland voters agree that universal prekindergarten for four-year-olds, and providing pre-K to low-income three-year-olds, is of great importance. Their agreement holds firm regardless of political affiliation, age, gender, race, or region.

When asked if they favor expanding access to public pre-kindergarten to all 4-year-olds whose families choose to enroll them, 75% of likely voters said yes. Fifty-eight percent—a number pollsters consider to be quite high—said they “strongly favor” the idea.

Seventy percent of respondents also say they favor providing access to public pre-k to three-year-olds from low-income Maryland families who choose to enroll them. The majority, 52%, say they “strongly favor” the plan.

Likewise Marylanders say they want more programs for babies and toddlers. A whopping 71% are in favor of expanding programs for low-income families with children age three and younger, such as school-readiness services, parent education, job skills, and child development. Nearly half, or 48% of those asked, said they “strongly favor” expanding these programs.

“This polling confirms what we suspected,” Margaret E. Williams, Executive Director, Maryland Family Network says. “People share life’s fundamental values. We all want what’s best for our children, our grandchildren, our neighbor’s children, and our community. That starts with high quality early care and education.”

Sixty-three percent of those asked said that they favored state government spending more money to expand access of pre-K to all four-year-olds and to three-year-olds from low income families. Again the intensity in favor was robust, with 43% strongly favoring the spending. Voters are in agreement regardless of age, with 70% of 18 – 34 year olds saying they favor the spending while 54% of 55-64 year-olds are in favor.

The polling was conducted by Gonzales Research & Media Services from August 1 – August 8, 2018. The margin of error, per acceptable statistical standards, is a range of +/- 3.5 percentage points. More results of the poll are available by contacting Maryland Family Network.