Election Poll Results

By: Eric James
By: Eric James

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It's a hot topic: next week's election, and the impact it will have on your kids.

In our KAKE scientific poll, we asked you about your thoughts and concerns on issues like raising taxes to pay for schools, and school vouchers.

Wichita mother Cynthia McMillin says when it comes to pushing taxes to a higher level for education, she feels there has to be another solution.

Cynthia says, "I think we are too top heavy. We have too many administrators and we keep taxing and throwing money at the issue and throwing money isn't the answer."

Our scientific poll shows many people share Cynthia's feelings. While an overwhelming majority of you feel public schools are suffering financially, only 48% would support a tax increase to maintain public school spending.

40% oppose the idea of higher taxes for schools, while 12% are undecided. Cynthia says, "I don't think it's fair that just because you have money you should have the opportunity to send your kids to private school."

Another hot topic is school vouchers, and the idea of giving public funds to parents who want to send their kids to private schools.

It's an opportunity many school administrators say just isn't right. Wichita Public Schools Government Relations official Diane Gjerstad says, "What's unfair is the rules are different, and the rules have to be equalized."

It's a heated topic with close results for and against school vouchers. 40% of the people we surveyed support vouchers. 43% are opposed, 17% undecided.

Cynthia hopes the people we elect will hold similar opinions on school funding and school vouchers.

While many say they aren't willing to increase taxes for public education, many say they would have no problem increasing taxes to support higher education.

Complete results of KAKE Scientific Poll
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