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How good are your local schools?

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Pretty good, according to a UConn Poll released May 5.

The survey of more than 1,000 adults found that 59 percent are happy with their local schools (17 percent say the education available is “excellent,” while 42 percent say it’s “good”), while 11 percent rate their local schools as poor.

That might come as welcome news to education professionals, especially given that today is the start of National Teacher Appreciation Week. The poll also found that a majority of Americans (55 percent) oppose the idea of making students’ performance on standardized tests a consideration when it comes to pay raises for teachers, and that 48 percent of Americans consider years of experience an important factor in evaluating teachers, compared to 16 percent who think experience isn’t important.

There’s lots more interesting data to be found in the poll, including an examination of how the public feels about the Common Core Standards Initiative, which you can download here (PDF).  If you want to look under the hood, you can find our survey instrument here (PDF) and the technical report here (PDF).

You can also find some expert perspective on Common Core from Casey Cobb, head of the department of educational leadership at UConn’s Neag School of Education, here (video).

What’s your favorite thing to do on Black Friday?


If you’re like one fifth of Americans, the answer is: watch TV, especially football (it’s a big day for college rivalry games). A new UConn Poll measured what Americans like to do most on the year’s most popular unofficial holiday, and found:

* 20 percent say it’s TV and football

* 15 percent say relaxing and/or napping

* (tie) 14 percent say the best thing about Black Friday is eating leftovers or holiday shopping

* 12 percent say it’s spending time with family and friends

* 5 percent say it’s outdoor activities

* 3 percent say decorating for Christmas

* 1 percent of hearty Americans say it’s yard work

Incidentally, 4 percent of Americans (including the author of this post) say they have to work on Black Friday. For a complete data set, and a historical look at how thankful Americans feel right now in comparison to previous years, feel free to peruse this PDF.

Few Americans are thankful for ‘Black Friday creep’

Sean Flynn / University of Connecticut

Sean Flynn / University of Connecticut

While the day after Thanksgiving has traditionally been known as the unofficial kickoff of the annual holiday shopping season, recently Turkey Day itself has seen a growing number of retailers opening their doors to shoppers. This year, a number of high-profile stores are opening as early as 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day in a bid to get an early start on the yearly spending frenzy.

By contrast, other retailers are holding firm on keeping the doors locked for Thanksgiving, some even taking out ads to highlight their stance and indirectly accuse their competitors of spoiling the holiday for their workers.

A new UConn Poll out today finds that most Americans are, at best, wary of adding shopping to other Thanksgiving traditions like watching football, eating too much, and politely tolerating relatives with political views they loathe beyond description.

Among the highlights of the poll, which measured the opinions of 1,189 adults, are:

* 90 percent say they aren’t going shopping on Thanksgiving

* 49 percent disapprove of stores opening on Thanksgiving Day (just 16 percent approve, while 34 percent are neutral)

* 46 percent think stores should wait until the morning of Black Friday to open

* 34 percent say they have a negative view of stores that open on Thanksgiving

There’s lots more interesting data in the full report, which can be viewed here (PDF).

As ‘Obamacare’ enrollment begins, most Americans have unfavorable view of healthcare law


STORRS, Conn. – As one of the most distinctive features of the so-called “Obamacare” law is set to begin Oct. 1, a UConn Poll released today finds most Americans disapprove of the landmark legislation formally known as the Affordable Care Act.

According to the national survey of 1,015 adults, more than half (53 percent) have an unfavorable opinion of the program, with 38 percent having a favorable impression and 9 percent remaining neutral.

Download the data here (PDF).


Money may not buy happiness, but the more you have, the likelier you are to be happy

University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant poll measures Americans’ happiness with their lives, finds income and related factors play important role

STORRS, Conn. – While very few Americans say that money is the most important factor in determining whether they’re happy in life, the more they earn the happier they are, according to a new University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant Poll.

The survey provides an in-depth look in how Americans feel about their lives, gauging happiness by everything from specific qualities of jobs to how often people exercise. (more…)

Americans Support Mixture of Spending Cuts, Tax Changes as Obama Makes Proposal

STORRS, Conn. – President Barack Obama’s proposal Tuesday to combine spending cuts and tax reforms to avoid sharp budget reductions scheduled to take effect next month may find a receptive audience among Americans who were already looking for such measures before the president’s announcement, according to a new University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant poll.

The survey found that 49 percent of Americans want to the government to reduce the federal deficit with a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, while 40 percent want to see the matter addressed by spending cuts alone. Just 3 percent of those surveyed support reducing the deficit by raising taxes on all households. (more…)

The University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant Poll: Broad support in Conn. for gun control proposals

STORRS, Conn. – Nearly two-thirds of Connecticut residents support stricter gun regulations, with larger majorities favoring specific measures like background checks on all gun sales and policies to prevent people with mental illness from buying guns, according to a poll released Thursday by The University of Connecticut and the Hartford Courant.

The survey shows that 64 percent of state residents say they favor more stringent gun laws, with support particularly strong among women, Democrats, and residents 65 or older. (more…)

The University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant Poll: Majority supports measures aimed at curbing gun violence

STORRS, Conn. (January 31, 2013)— A majority of Americans support an array of proposals aimed at reducing gun violence, even while the overall question of gun control remains markedly divisive, according to a new University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant poll.

The survey found that majorities favor a reinstated ban on assault-style weapons; requiring background checks for all gun sales; a ban on ammunition clips capable of holding more than 10 rounds; creation of a federal database to track gun sales; and taking steps to prevent people with mental illness from purchasing guns. (more…)

The University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant Poll: As number of undecided voters shrinks nationally, presidential race remains close

STORRS, Conn. – President Barack Obama has a narrow lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, but the number of voters still unsure of their choice is shrinking as Election Day nears, according to results from The University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant Poll released Friday.

 The nationwide poll of likely voters shows Obama and Vice President Joe Biden with a 48 to 45 percent lead over Romney and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan. Just 6 percent of voters remain undecided. (more…)

The University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant Poll: Murphy gains ground in crucial Conn. Senate race

After three debates and countless campaign ads, the U.S. Senate race in Connecticut remains close, but Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy has a narrow lead over Republican Linda McMahon, according to data from The University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant  poll released Thursday.

The poll found that 44 percent of likely voters say they support Murphy, compared to 38 percent backing McMahon, with 17 percent undecided. More voters have gotten a chance to see the two candidates, with three of the race’s four debates having taken place, along with a blizzard of political advertising. (more…)