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UConn Poll: Americans who know about Common Core are likely to be skeptical of it

STORRS, Conn. – The more Americans know about the Common Core Standards Initiative, the less likely they are to think it will achieve its goal of improving nationwide education outcomes in reading, writing,  and math for K-12 students, according to a UConn Poll released Monday.

The survey found that just 39 percent of Americans have heard of the much-debated initiative, which includes 44 of 50 states, compared to 95 percent who’ve heard of No Child Left Behind, an earlier federal effort to improve education outcomes.

Download the full data set here (PDF).

Those who do know about Common Core, though, are generally skeptical of the initiative’s ability to boost the quality of American education. Just 33 percent believe adopting Common Core standards will increase the quality of education in their communities, compared to 27 percent who say it will have no effect and 30 percent who say it will actually be detrimental.


UConn Poll: American thankfulness dips to ’70s-esque lows

About half of American adults say they’re more thankful this Thanksgiving than they were in previous years, according to a new UConn Poll. Only 6 percent say they’re less thankful, while 44 percent say they feel about the same.

While that may seem like the national mood is on a fairly even footing, it’s a stark contrast to what Americans have said on previous holidays, according to data archived at the University of Connecticut’s Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

Complete data set available here.

The Roper Center, an incomparable storehouse of public opinion data stretching back to the 1930s, has the results of previous surveys showing that Americans are typically much likelier to feel an increased sense of thankfulness than they’re expressing in 2013.


UConn Poll: 9 in 10 Americans say they won’t go shopping on Thanksgiving Day

STORRS, Conn. – Although more stores than ever are opening to shoppers on Thanksgiving Day this year, 9 out of 10 Americans say they don’t plan to spend the holiday hunting for bargains, according to a new UConn Poll released Monday.

Just 7 percent of adults say they plan to visit stores on Thanksgiving Day, which has begun to usurp Black Friday’s role as the unofficial kickoff to the holiday shopping season as more stores open for business on Turkey Day.

What’s more, Americans are far likelier to disapprove of stores opening on the holiday than they are to approve of the decision by retailers to push the traditional Black Friday shopping frenzy a day earlier.


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).