South Dakotans Oppose Gov. Daugaard’s 10% Cut to Education

South Dakotans do not support Governor Daugaard’s attempt to cut state funding for education, according to a recent poll.

Of 1,667 South Dakotans polled between February 25 and February 27, 2011 by Public Policy Polling, 56% opposed the Governor’s proposed 10% cut to education funding in order to deal with the structural deficit.

The question and response of the poll are below:

Q: Governor Daugaard is proposing to cut state funding for Kindergarten to 12th grade education by 10%, in order to deal with what he says is South Dakota’s “structural deficit.” He argues that South Dakota has no other fiscal choice, while others argue that his cuts are too severe and will hurt our children. Do you support or oppose Governor Daugaard’s cuts in education funding?
Support: ……………..39%
Oppose: ……………..56%
Not Sure:………………5%

Chairman of the South Dakota Democratic Party Ben Nesselhuf commented on the results: “Our families know that ten percent cuts to K-12 education will be detrimental to our children’s education. South Dakotans do not support Governor Daugaard’s efforts to close the deficit in one year by jeopardizing our children’s future.”

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