Poll: Majority in NJ Oppose Cutting School Aid

Facing April 27 school elections, NJ voters say spend more on public schools

New Jersey voters will elect school board members and consider school budget requests on April 27.

Voters questioned for a new poll say they want to see more money spent on public schools, but they don't want the courts to require it.

The Quinnipiac University Poll out Thursday finds that 60 percent support additional spending in all public schools, but 53 percent say the Supreme Court shouldn't order that more of the state budget be directed to K-12 public education.

"On the philosophical point - is more money the best way to improve education - voters give an emphatic 'no," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Fifty-seven percent say they support additional spending on the state's poorest schools.

Opposition to cutting state aid to public schools is high at 71 percent, with 25 percent favoring cuts.

The 2011 Annual School Elections will be the first time school districts must keep base budgets under the state's newly created 2 percent property tax cap, unless special permission is granted.

Voters in the issue survey oppose school vouchers by 56-39 percent, but support slot machines at racetracks by a 53-34 percent margin.

The telephone survey of 1,532 registered voters was conducted April 12-18 and has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

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