Research Database

Vergara v. California “Findings from a Statewide Voter Survey on Education Policy Issues.” Goodwin Simon Strategic Research (January 2014).


Goodwin Simon Strategic Research conducted a survey on behalf of parent trigger advocacy organization Parent Revolution. Among the most interesting findings, the survey revealed that 76 percent of all voters and 82 percent of Latino voters oppose weakening or repeal of the parent trigger law; 91 percent of voters agree that California’s school system should be based on a Children First agenda; and two to one, voters believe California public schools currently put the needs of adults over the needs of students.

Vergara v. California Bushaw, William J. and Shane J. Lopez. “Betting on Teachers: The 43rd annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools.” Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup (July 2012).


This national poll measures public attitudes towards public schools in areas such as teaching as a career, unions, salaries, layoffs, quality teaching, and school choice. The poll reveals that About half of Americans believe teacher unions are hurting public education. It also reveals that many believe management should listen to the principal’s evaluation of the teacher over the rule of “last hired-first fired” when making decisions about layoffs.