April 5, 2018
As teachers in Kentucky and Oklahoma strike over higher pay and benefits this week, the American public is backing their efforts, based on findings of a CBS News poll released on April 2.
In fact, 68% of Americans say teachers in their communities are paid too little, while about 20% think they are paid the right amount, and a mere 5% say they are paid too much, CBS News reports.
While majorities across all regions of the country think teachers are paid too little, more respondents from the South (76%) and West (72%) agree strongly, compared to Americans living in the Northeast (60%) and Midwest (58%).
Fewer seniors hold this view (55%), but still a majority. Similar percentages of parents with children under 18 (69%) and Americans without children that age (67%) believe that teachers in their communities are underpaid.
Across the political spectrum, majorities of Republicans, Democrats and Independents agree that teachers are paid too little, but Democrats (77%) and Independents (69%) are more likely to say this than are Republicans (54%).
Research contact: @CBSNews