Latinos rank education a top voter issue for 2012 election
A new survey finds Latinos are among the groups who place the most emphasis on education as they weigh candidates and issues in November’s elections, according to a College Board Swing State Education Survey commissioned by the College Board.
“Voters are sending a very clear message that they want candidates to focus on education,” says María de los Angeles Corral, Associate Director of Latino communications and marketing for the College Board.
Corral adds “the message resonates especially with Hispanic voters – with 81 percent of Latinos believing education is an extremely important issue.” By contrast, 62 percent of whites thought it was an extremely important priority. African Americans gave it the highest priority, at 91 percent.
Women voters place a significantly higher priority on education as a voter issue, with 75 percent of women saying it is an extremely important issue versus 58 percent of men.
Though many candidates promise to reduce taxes as part of their campaign aims, the survey found 55 percent of American voters would be willing to pay two hundred dollars more in taxes to support increased funding for education.
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