California voters grapple with education in age of pandemic: An EdSource poll

October 8, 2020

Gladys Alvarez, a 5th grade teacher at Manchester Ave. Elementary School in South Los Angeles, talks to her students during a meet and greet on Aug. 19. Alvarez was sitting inside her empty classroom while conducting the virtual zoom class.

Parents, students and school communities have been forced to respond to the Covid-19 crisis in unprecedented ways. What are their reactions to the responses by school districts and state officials to this crisis? How has this affected their feelings about state government and how are families faring as they face challenges like distance learning?

This new online EdSource poll of 834 registered voters conducted by FM3 Research takes the pulse of California’s families across the state, with responses varying by income levels, race and ethnic backgrounds and political affiliation, on how Californians are experiencing the extraordinary circumstances of education in 2020.

The sample in the poll included 634 registered voters statewide, including those with school age children, and an additional 200 voters who are parents or guardians of a child under age 19. The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/-3.5% at the 95% confidence level, and +/-5.7% for the parent sample.

This poll was underwritten with support from the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation and the Stuart Foundation. Because of the comprehensive nature of the poll, we are publishing the results in three parts. Click on the headlines below to read our stories about the findings, and scroll down for the topline results and a detailed chart pack on the findings.

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