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Voters Want Smaller Classes — April 2017 Poll

May 17, 2017


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Our April 2017 poll asked likely NC voters about their views of smaller class sizes in the public schools. The key questions and responses are as follows:

In fall 2017, a requirement of the 2016 state budget requiring smaller class sizes takes effect in North Carolina Public Schools. Proponents say the new law will lead to smaller classes and better instruction. Critics say it will force districts to hire more teachers and cut back on non-classroom staff. Some legislators are working to change the law.  With that in mind, do you support or oppose the class size law?

64%     Total Support

21%     Total Oppose

39%     Strongly Support

25%     Somewhat Support

8%       Somewhat Oppose

13%     Strongly Oppose

15%     Don’t Know/ Need More Information

In your opinion which is a higher priority for schools:

40%     Smaller class sizes in grades K through 3.


19%     Budget flexibility for school districts to hire non-classroom teachers.

30%     Both are an equal priority

10%     Don’t Know

2%       Refused

All questions and responses in the April poll, which covers a wide range of issues, can be found here.

This poll surveyed 600 registered, likely voters (30% on cell phones) with a margin of error of +/- 4.00%. This survey was taken April 22-23, 2017.










For questions, or to arrange an interview, please contact Brooke Medina, communications director, at

Civitas has conducted live-caller voting in North Carolina since May 2005, and we are the only public policy organization offering statewide independent, nonpartisan data on a regular basis. Our polls have provided vital insights on what North Carolina voters think of the leaders and issues facing the state and nation.

Founded in 2005, the Civitas Institute is a Raleigh, NC-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit policy organization committed to advancing conservative ideas and shrinking the size of government. Civitas fights to eliminate government barriers to freedom so that North Carolinians can live a better life.

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