A poll released Monday indicates U.S. voters overwhelmingly oppose critical race theory-related curricula in K-12 schools.
The survey, performed by the firm Competitive Edge Research and released by the educational research and advocacy group Parents Defending Education, notably found that 74 percent of respondents are “somewhat or strongly opposed” to white privilege training and to schools communicating minorities are inherently oppressed. A minute 6 percent were in favor of white privilege training.
“The results of this poll confirm that the campaign by extremists to transform our schools into political activist training camps is deeply unpopular among Republicans and Democrats alike, with only a narrow sliver of the farthest-left voters viewing ‘woke’ education favorably,” said Nicole Neily, president of Parents Defending Education. “This poll is a shot across the bow at those school districts, school boards, state legislatures, and governors who have either implemented ‘woke’ policies in schools or stood by while activists did so. Dividing our kids and communities based on skin color is abhorrent and has no place in America.”
More than 800 active voters were asked more than 50 questions in April about social justice issues in the classroom and basic information about themselves. Just under 70 percent of respondents opposed teaching systemic racism and 80 percent oppose classrooms promoting “political activism.”
In terms of students being presented with contentious viewpoints, 87 percent said multiple perspectives is favorable. Fifty-two percent claimed their K-12 institution has increased its race, gender, and other leftist activism in the past two years. Below is the 12-page poll.
It is also notable that 75 percent of respondents opposed communicating to students that biological sex does not exist. Eighteen percent of respondents supported such ideology.
The poll bills itself as “the first national poll to ask detailed questions of American voters about efforts to impose Critical Race Theory and ‘social justice’ curriculum on K-12 schools found overwhelming opposition to it and strong support for a de-politicized curriculum.”
A recent Atlantic-Leger poll concluded that 78 percent of Americans had never heard of the term “critical race theory” or were unsure if they had. The Parents Defending Education findings point to Americans strongly opposing the central tenets of CRT: systemic racism, privilege, and mobilizing students as political pawns for a controversial agenda.
“It’s probably important to realize that the goal of [critical race theory] is to change the way we interact with our culture and understand ourselves as people in the world,” James Lindsay, the founder of New Discourses, told The Federalist. “It’s to make us think about the world, which is obviously very racialized and bent on this concept of equity — which is redistributing resources.”