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Poll: Support for common standards, but not 'Common Core'

1 year 8 months 4 days ago March 31, 2015 Mar 31, 2015 Tuesday, March 31 2015 March 31, 2015 8:48 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - An LSU poll says Louisiana residents like the idea of multistate education standards, but have a negative view when they're called Common Core.

The survey released Tuesday from LSU's Public Policy Research Lab shows when the name Common Core is used to describe the standards, 39 percent of those polled supported the education benchmarks.

But 67 percent supported using reading and math standards that are the same across states when the Common Core label was dropped.

The biggest shift involves Republicans: 71 percent of those surveyed supported common standards, but 22 percent said they support Common Core. A majority of Democrats, 57 percent, back the standards even when told they are Common Core.

Michael Henderson, research director of the polling lab, said political controversies "have tainted" the Common Core brand.

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