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Poll: Most Americans Think Teachers Are Underpaid

| by Ethan Brown
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A new poll shows Americans support the nation's teachers by large margins.

The poll, conducted by The Huffington Post and YouGov, asked respondents questions about their children’s teacher and teachers around the nation in general.

For example, 83 percent of respondents said they believed their children’s education was going well. Only 3 percent felt the teacher was doing poorly.

Also, 52 percent believe that teachers are paid too little, while 28 percent felt that teachers earn the right amount and 8 percent felt teachers’ salaries were too high.

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More than half, 52 percent, of respondents said they believed teachers were underappreciated by their communities. In their own communities, 43 percent felt the same way to 36 percent who said teachers were treated fairly.

According to The Huffington Post, those who participated and identified themselves as African-American or registered with the Democratic Party were more likely to believe teachers are not paid enough. All voters said they believed teachers are underappreciated by society.

The poll was conducted specifically at this time of year for National Teacher Appreciation Week, which runs the first week of May.

Sources: The Huffington Post, YouGov

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