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March 17, 2017

While lawmakers, educators, and advocates argue about school funding, one thing is clear: New Jersey voters are solidly behind the Legislature spending more money on all the state’s public schools, 63 percent to 34 percent, according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll.

Voters also favor spending more to improve public schools in the state’s poorest districts, 65 percent to 32 percent, but the findings are divided along political and racial lines. Republicans oppose increased spending 59 percent to 40 percent; white men, 49 percent to 47 percent. Every other party, gender, racial, age and education group listed supports the spending by wide measures. 

What’s more, voters support 62 percent to 30 percent the State Supreme Court decision ordering the Legislature to spend more money to improve public schools in the state’s poorest districts. Again, Republicans oppose the court decision 59 percent to 30 percent, while white men are divided 47 percent to 46 percent. All other groups support the court ruling.

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