Posted: 4:39 pm Monday, May 5th, 2014

GOP pollster: Temper anti-Common Core language, or pay in November 

By Jim Galloway

John McLaughlin, the Republican pollster, is well known in Georgia.

He generates data for Gov. Nathan Deal, and others as well. Last week, when another poll put David Perdue and Karen Handel at the front of the GOP race for U.S. Senate, Jack Kingston pulled out a McLaughlin poll that had him at the top.

This morning, Deal and Kingston’s pollster advised Republicans across the nation to temper their denunciations of Common Core – or else, in November general elections, the issue could come back and bite them in the fanny
You can read the entire polling memo below, but here’s the upshot:

“All the dangers that come from being associated with the national Republican brand – being exclusive, Anglo-only, anti-woman, anti-Hispanic – are in play here and Republicans would be wise to think of this issue in a broader context.

“The anti-Common Core positions may be inviting in the short-term, but looking to November, supporting state standards that elevate school achievement have far more upside.”

Two general election candidates were described in the poll. Fifty-seven percent preferred the candidate who says “Common Core state standards are supported by 75 percent of the teachers and will help students learn more and be better prepared when they graduate high school.”

The candidate who says Common Core standards “were developed in secret by the Obama administration and are being imposed on kids without input from parents and local school boards” won the support of 26 percent.

Still, the primary dynamics are tempting. The above scenario splits GOP primary voters more closely, 48-36 percent.

Jack Kingston, by the way, is on record as saying that Common Core is a case of “federal overreach,” which puts him at odds with one of his more important backers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Below is the entire missive, including a large paragraph on methodology:

16 comments
TinaTrent
TinaTrent

Well, look at the questions.  They intentionally misrepresent the arguments against Common Core.  


Pollsters are like Medieval priests granting indulgences -- the very first bureaucratic echo chamber.    

EdUktr
EdUktr

Still no mention by Michelle Nunn of the political party she belongs to. 

On the other hand, John Barge's campaign did receive free column space in an AJC education blog yesterday morning—along with a promotional paean by the editor (who later thought better and took the paean down, along with related reader comments).

Politics as usual over at the Cox newspaper.

Joeleejohnson
Joeleejohnson

"Common"

  Here in the Southland the adjective denotes a slovenly person.

BigHat
BigHat

Common Core spelled backwards is Socialism; that's why being backwards is so important in GA.  

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

Can some social conservative what is their problem with all students being measured based on the same curriculum, using the same training materials, and the same standards?

NWGAL
NWGAL

I know the South is very proud of seceding from the union and all, but if children from the South do want to move to better jobs or greater opportunities, Common Core will help prevent them from being pathetically behind children from other regions.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Pretending/alluding/lumping all Georgia Republican candidates as simply against Common Core is a typical liberal trick.

RINOs say, "What?"

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

There is a difference between those who support Common Core standards, but not outside curricula control beyond school boards, and not participating in the expensive PARCC testing.  Pretending/alluding/lumping all Georgia Republican candidates as simply against Common Core is a typical liberal trick.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Jack Kingston, by the way, is on record as saying that Common Core is a case of “federal overreach,” which puts him at odds with one of his more important backers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

I wonder if his handlers will jerk that chain and make him flip-flop.

RadicalRuralDem
RadicalRuralDem

Imagine that: people are tired of hearing about the crazy delusions of the most extreme 1/5th of American society. 

honested
honested

@BigHat  

That said, which 'ism' are the Georgia wrong-wingers attempting to achieve?

DS
DS

@CuriousPrime  I'm not a conservative, but I have an idea what's going on with the sudden dislike of CC among conservatives. I think there are two things going on here: the stated reason, which is just a smoke screen, and the real reason, which hasn't been talked about much, yet.

The stated reason is that CC is an insidious plot by the federal government to take over control of education. Now, this doesn't make any sense, because CC is a set of standards developed by a consortium of state governors, not the federal government. And the implementation would be carried out by state and local boards of education, not the federal government.

But I think the real reason that some conservatives have suddenly turned against CC is because they have realized that, if their state gets terrible results measured by CC standards, voters might pressure state and local elected officials to spend more on education. The last thing that social conservatives want is to spend more on education. They've been aggressively cutting education for years.

Not all conservatives are like this. For example, pro-business conservatives support CC because it eventually would help provide better-educated workers. But some social conservatives don't care about that; they want to use disparities in the quality of education to further segregate the classes and races, and CC might mess that up.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@The_Centrist   Pretending/alluding/lumping all Georgia Republican candidates as simply against Common Core is a typical liberal trick.

And pretending/saying that almost every single one of them has not denounced CC is a typical right wing lie.  

Can't wait to see them all dancing around like angels on the head of a pin, trying to distance themselves from previous remarks on CC, now that they find that not even the ever clueless repuppy voters are buying their bulls**t.

honested
honested

@The_Centrist  

OK, howsaboout 'all Georgia republicans running for office when they get in front of a microphone and are asked a question about Common Core'?