A new survey from the Civitas Institute shows limited support for the Wake school system and the diversity policy.
Civitas surveyed 500 Wake likely voters earlier this month on a variety of topics such as student reassignment, diversity, school funding and teacher pay. Keep in mind the conservative perspective that Civitas is coming from, which can be seen in the way some questions are worded.
Civitas' conservative perspective doesn't mean you ignore the survey results. But it's something you keep in mind, just like you'd do when looking at surveys from the Democrat-leaning Public Policy Polling.
The questions have a margin of error of plus or minus 4.38 percentage points.
Here are some highlights:
When asked about "the board's current policy of assigning students to schools based on achieving diversity, instead of sending students to the school closer to their home," 25 percent said they're in support and 69 percent oppose.
Forty-nine percent agreed that the district is too large and should be split up.
Seventy percent agreed with the statement "some people say this (diversity) policy is unfair to parents and students who are not allowed to go to the school closest to their home."
Forty-nine percent of the respondents said they'd prefer to send their children to a private school or home school while 45 percent said they'd opt for a Wake public school. BTW, 50 percent of the people in the survey were age 56 and older.
Red flags go up when you see how they asked the questions on teacher pay. For some background, Civitas and the other parts of what have been called "Pope Political Inc." have questioned efforts to raise teacher pay in North Carolina.
The survey first asks whether you think teacher pay should increase, decrease or stay the same. A solid 64 percent said it should increase.
On the next question, 70 percent said they'd be willing to pay higher property taxes to give teachers a pay increase.
The third question asks people how much they think the average teacher earns in Wake.
The kicker is the next question: "If you knew the average compensation for a teacher in Wake County was about $53,000 per year do you think it should increase, decrease or remain the same?"
The support level dropped to 38 percent. For stay the same, it's 49 percent.
What's tricky about the question here is that they use the words "average compensation" and not salary for teachers. It would drop below $50,000 if you only looked at salary.
When asking a question about Supt. Del Burns, they used his salary.
Click here to download the survey.