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Latest Polls Show Education and Critical Race Theory Could Define the Midterms

AMAC Exclusive – By Claire Brighn

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Late last week, Beto O’Rourke made headlines by becoming the first prominent Democrat to explicitly come out against Critical Race Theory (CRT) in schools. While that announcement is unlikely to save O’Rourke’s floundering gubernatorial campaign in Texas, it is an indication that at least some Democrats are coming to the realization that perceived support for CRT and politicized education is a major electoral liability – a fact made all the more apparent by recent public polling on the subject. But after first denying the very existence of CRT and then defending its inclusion in K-12 curriculum, Democrats may have already sealed their fate this fall.

According to a recent CNN poll, 46% of voters – including about half of parents with children under ages of 18 – said education would be “extremely important” in how they vote in the Congressional midterm elections this November. A recently released Cyngal poll makes the importance of education even more clear and finds that, among swing-state voters on the question of which party is more trusted to protect parental control in education, Republicans hold a 10-point lead, 47 to 37.

These numbers clearly have Democratic leaders on high alert. According to polling of voters in swing districts in late January and paid for by the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee, Democrats would lose to Republicans by 4 points on a generic ballot. One of the big reasons why? An astounding 61% of voters surveyed agreed with the statement that “Democrats are teaching kids as young as five Critical Race Theory, which teaches that America is a racist country and that white people are racist.”

While such numbers may be easy to gloss over as obvious or self-evident, it’s worth noting just how significant those findings are. In today’s highly polarized political climate, it’s difficult to get a majority of voters to agree on anything –  which means that a political party that can effectively appeal to those sentiments has a formidable advantage in any election.

What’s more, there is at least some reason to believe that the power of the concerned parent is likely underestimated in a number of these polls. Robert Cahaly of Trafalgar, one of the most accurate pollsters throughout the last several election cycles, made an important distinction months ago in saying that what people think of critical race theory itself is “very different” from what parents “think should be done if critical race theory came to their school.”

A recently released Manhattan Institute poll confirms this, showing that 54% of voters support removing “lessons based on critical race theory about concepts such as white privilege and systemic racism from public school curriculum.” But when the same question was asked of parents, that number skyrocketed to 66%, with well over half of every demographic concurring, including black and white parents alike. That could very well indicate that normally Democratic voters will be pushed to vote Republican by Democrats’ education extremism.

Americans already saw the power of this phenomenon last year in Virginia, when Republican Glenn Youngkin turned a 10-point victory for Joe Biden in 2020 into a 3-point Republican win in 2021. The pivotal moment in the race was when Democrat Terry McAuliffe said that “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” Even Democrats found in their own post-election research that voters swung over to Youngkin because “education dominated,” with CRT a top voter frustration. A Scott Rasmussen national poll conducted after the election in mid-December showed voters nationwide doubling down, with a resounding 85 percent agreeing with the statement that parents “should be allowed to see all curriculum, books, and other materials in classes their children are taking.”

Republicans in other swing states are already taking a page out of Youngkin’s book for their elections this year. In Wisconsin, for example, the Republican-led Assembly and Senate have hammered Democrat Governor Tony Evers over education. The Wisconsin Senate passed a bill on a near party-line vote that would ban the teaching of CRT in classrooms, only for Evers to veto it. (Evers, for context, has the endorsement and tens of thousands of dollars worth of campaign donations from the Wisconsin Education Association Council – a powerful group that actively promotes the 1619 Project.) A parental bill of rights was also recently shepherded by Wisconsin Republicans to Evers – which he also plans to veto.

Evers’s stance in favor of CRT in schools and against parental rights in education will likely do him no favors with voters, as according to a recent Marquette poll, an overwhelming majority of Independents in Wisconsin side with Republicans in saying parents should play the biggest role in deciding school curriculum.

Republicans in other states have followed suit, and candidates for everything from school board seats to governorships have now made parents’ rights central to their campaigns. Since the beginning of this year, lawmakers have introduced nearly 90 curriculum transparency and anti-CRT bills in 37 states.

Thanks to these efforts, the distinction between Republicans and Democrats on education is clearer than ever. As Democrats’ odds of winning this fall continue to fade, conservatives may finally have a golden opportunity to roll back decades of liberal activism poisoning school curricula – but only if Republicans continue to prioritize parents and students over special interests and fulfill their promises to enact lasting changes once they win power.

Claire Brighn is the pen name of a conservative researcher and writer with previous domestic and foreign policy experience in the Executive Branch. 


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Claim
3 months ago

You may be interested in this lawsuit filed in Albemarle Co., VA by biracial parents.

Parent Lawsuit Update: School Board Fires Backin Crozet Gazette

Ralph Sacrison
3 months ago

Ms. Brighn has it right.
In adult dialectic and debate, Critical Race Theory – an evident bastard offspring of Critical Legal Studies – could be a tolerable though weak sparring partner to individual responsibility. But neither Critical Race Theory nor Critical Legal Studies are appropriate for elementary-school children. Individual responsibility is a fundamental concept successful societies and cultures have taught to their youth throughout history. Reaffirmation and practice of individual responsibility through childhood and into adulthood are cardinal aspects of the successful American democratic republic. Essentially, the content of one’s character is paramount in successful modern life. The Critical (CRT, CLS, etc.) practitioners maintain that one’s color, genes, birth station, are paramount, and success in life can be delivered only by the State.

Myrna Wade
3 months ago

Finally! an issue on which ordinary citizens can easily see a personal interest and make a choice.

David Foot
3 months ago

Critical Race Theory is pure black racism with segregation and all, it comes from a form of Marxism described as Identity Marxism (known as wokery), nobody in their right mind should have anything to do with this Marxist forced outcome seeking to achieve power by splitting society into races.
The UN and USA democrat rulers at the end of WWII and some Marxists like UK Attlee destroyed the Mercantile Empires, decolonization and nation building were catastrophic, the Marxist Empires were left in expansion, our free world was betrayed by infiltrated Marxists mostly in USA and UK and UN.
The failures of decolonization are making their way in to/ invading our societies in a big way and we are also at risk from the not-decolonized Marxist/ Leninist dictatorship from the Empires of Russia and China. We need to restore European rule where deocolonization has failed or those populations will invade us in the Anglosphere and Western Europe.

Larkenson
3 months ago

Our schools teach White students that they are immoral and contemptible if they don’t support the White Genocide that’s being carried out by unlimited third-world immigration and FORCED assimilation i.e diversity in EVERY White country and ONLY White countries.
Their teachers never tell them, “White self-hatred is SICK!!!“
Those teachers claim to be anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.
Anti-racist is just a code word for anti-White.

Michael Davitt
3 months ago
Reply to  Larkenson

The Founding Fathers are my favorite White Supremacists!

Ted Tedstone
3 months ago

Robert can say whatever he likes.
Everyone knows a Democrat lies to get in office and then reverts to radicalism once elected.

Michael Davitt
3 months ago

Critical American Theory.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Michael Davitt
3 months ago

Thank you Brandon voters! You really showed America and the world just how intelligent all of you are. The US and the world are catastrophes thanks to your intellectual prowess. But who could have foreseen Biden’s mental instability? Anyone with half a brain! The (D) represents the (D)umbing (D)own of America. Even you (D’s) have exceeded my expectations. FJBVoters!

Nancy
3 months ago
Reply to  Michael Davitt

Fjb et al the thieves that stole the 2020 dlection.

Winston Bela
3 months ago

I have no faith that our permanently elected officials will do anything once reelected. It’s time for term limits and only a Constitutional Convention of States could get that started. No elected politician would vote themselves out of a cushy job.

BSull
3 months ago
Reply to  Winston Bela

To think we have better people now than our founding fathers and they will write a better form of government is delusional. Who do you think is going to pick the delegates and approve this new form of government – the same politicians you now condemn.

Zoe Frost
3 months ago

My my, the Commie Demoncrps have been pushing the envelope hard ever since ultra-raciiist, America-hating, Muslim-raised, bathhoiuse frequenter Commie traitor Obamie was POTUS. The expletives have really gone off the rails with their radical, evil indoctrination of our kids into debachery (deviant sex ed for 5-yr olds!), divisiveness, PC crap, and hate for our great country!.

Unfortunately people who hate our Constitutional Republice and want us to be a Communist country, traitors, vote for America LAST Commie D expletives…but now tthey are joined by waaaay too many dolts believing MSM propaganda spewers, who blindly, stupidly vote D, too.. Throw in cheating poll workers shoving one D ballot into the counting machine multiple times, hauling out boxes of ballots premarked D, Dominion.switching R to D, a stolen election, and we are on our way to being a 3rd world country…welcome to their evil, insane, life-shattering, boots on our necks, Great Reset.

ssgt retired
3 months ago
Reply to  Zoe Frost

Boy Zoe, you said a mouth full but all very true. Good for you

Robin Boyd
3 months ago

Progressive Democrats are flat our stating that parents are incapable of raising their own children and that groups of Progressive bureaucrats and Socialist teachers should dictate how our children are to be raised and indoctrinated.

Unaffiliated
3 months ago
Reply to  Robin Boyd

Remember, children belong to the “State” under Marxist / Communist rule.

ops
3 months ago

A vote for a Democrat is a vote against America. Right or wrong in their beliefs they will fall in line spouting the same far left transformation agenda. A party of intimidation.Toe the line or else.
98% of the funds raised by the teachers unions support Democrats!

The Old Crab
3 months ago

I sure hope that Americans aren’t taken in by the apparent about-face on the part of some of the democrats regarding education and CRT. Remember that no sitting democrat can be trusted to honor what they say, so don’t believe the BS that they’ll be pushing out up to the midterms. Democrats can’t be trusted to honor their verbal commitments. Democrats vote according to instructions from those controlling the party, not accourding to the wishes of their constituents – Republican or democrat. We all need to watch out that we don’t get fooled again.

Joearcher
3 months ago
Reply to  The Old Crab

Dems will use the “Rename and Reintroduce” trick they always use when legislation fails to pass. Remember when “Gun Control” legislation failed to pass, so the same legislation was changed to “Gun Safety”? Just recently, the MSM has been calling Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education” bill the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, trying to turn voters against it.

Jan_in_NH
3 months ago
Reply to  Joearcher

Actually dems and their moonbeam followers are the ones who support “don’t say Gay” when they demanded kids no longer say “That’s so gay.”

Veteran
3 months ago

Education, CRT, Oil and Energy, Hyperinflation, Health tyranny, Supply Chain and Unions, Crime and Defunding the Police, Non Existent Southern Border without Immigration Enforcement, Infanticide up to 28 days after birth, IRS Surveillance, Foreign Policy Disasters, Gee-BLT Education, Corruption and Fraud, Bankrupting Bills and National Debt, and last but not least “The Great Reset” and Mean New Deal,… the Biden administration has provided a cornucopia of issues on which they sure handed are on the wrong side every time, and doubling down on stupid. If the GOP can’t pull off a crushing win with all the help the donkey party has provided us then we conservatives need to found a new party.

Max
3 months ago
Reply to  Veteran

Even if the GOP wins decisively, will they actually try to undo the damage that has been already done? The professional “POLI-TICKS” in DC, all need to go but the voters need to put in reps that will actually represent their constituents and not their personal pocket books.

Nancy
3 months ago
Reply to  Veteran

Truth is, they’re all about that fountain of revenue which fuels their power. Most will turn a blind eye for the right price. Thank God He sees everything.

Karla
3 months ago

Besides conservatives fighting against Governors that are for CRT, the teachers unions have more power than the governor and we don’t get to vote them out

Veteran
3 months ago
Reply to  Karla

…but we can elect folks who can legislate them out of existence!

Ollyoop
3 months ago
Reply to  Karla

No we can’t, but as they’re finding out, we can vote against every local millage increase tied to eduction until these left-wing unions start hearing from their members the union is no longer viable!

Robert Belcastro
3 months ago

I have to congratulate the author of CRT for boldly stating up front that his ideas are unfounded in fact (theory), unfounded in reality. He labeled his ideas a THEORY.

He put it right out there in front and no one caught it. Hidden in plain sight he evaluates his own work, to his credit, as not being based on fact.

Illiterate people don’t know how to use a dictionary. Anyone who knows how to properly use a dictionary would have caught this right off the bat.

That’s how this theory got adopted, by the illiterate, as a fact!

We now have a quick test for illiteracy in our society. Ask them what the word theory means.

Einstein had numerous theories. He labeled them theories. They became the targets for umpteen experiments trying to establish whether the theory is true. Same here. It’s nothing more than a theory. Can people get that through their heads? Fact, opinion and theory are all different.

A literate society will pick up a dictionary and sort it all out.

I believe that a successful politician will speak to cleave the differences so that their constituents will become educated to what this CRT movement really is.

IT IS JUST A THEORY, NOT A FACT.

anna hubert
3 months ago

not even a theory but desperate grasping for somethimg anything to hide behind and use as an excuse for any failure especialy avoidance of personal responsibility for wrong choices

Patriot Will
3 months ago

When is the Federal Government going to tighten up voting regulations? When are the states going to tighten up voting regulations? In many areas of our supposedly Constitutional Republic, the Democrats can literally steal elections. We have such weak oversight over our voting and tallying of votes, that the Democrats can keep on winning elections through corruption and deceit indefinitely. Since the Democrat machine believes more in ideology than ethics, the Democrat leaders will cheat their way to victory as automatically as many people will read their morning newspaper. The Democrats have absolutely no conscience when it comes to playing fair and square.

Linda Baker
3 months ago
Reply to  Patriot Will

You mean no conscience when it comes to cheating.

Patriot Will
3 months ago
Reply to  Linda Baker

Linda, you are correct; a conscience does work against cheating. However, it also encourages us not to cheat. A conscience encourages us to do the right thing. A conscience helps us to be ethical human beings — to play fair and square.

Veteran
3 months ago
Reply to  Patriot Will

It isn’t incumbent on the federal government to “tighten up voting regulations.” Elections are state run, the federal government has no say regarding the affairs of states, and as of right now the federal government, and Biden executive branch would be the last entity on God’s Green Earth I would want involved with any election in our country.

Sher
3 months ago
Reply to  Patriot Will

We the Republicans, have had TIME TO PUT PLANS IN ORDER to stop the Dems from cheating! But notice they HAVEN’T!!! WHY?? And are they?

Sharon Ormsby
3 months ago

It’s shocking to hear that Beto O’Rourke is against it now. He had been all for it. He’s still for open borders though, socialist that he is.

Linda Baker
3 months ago
Reply to  Sharon Ormsby

Only because election-time is coming. He’ll be back to his old tricks IF he’s elected. What a silly man he is.

Stephen Russell
3 months ago

& try State Emergency Powers too??
See CA.
Turning off oil spigot will factor too

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