Conservative study finds falling support for 'Common Core'

Public support for Common Core, the Obama administration’s program for setting education standards, has dwindled over the last year, according to a new study from a conservative group.

The survey from Education Next, a journal published by the conservative Hoover Institution, found 53 percent of people still favor Common Core, but the program’s support has declined sharply from 65 percent in 2013.

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Teachers have proven to be the biggest critics of Common Core, according to the study, with support dwindling to 46 percent, from a whopping 76 percent last year. 

Meanwhile, opposition among teachers has more than tripled to 40 percent from last year, with the remaining teachers expressing no strong opinions of the program.

“Teachers, too, have soured on the Common Core,” the authors of the study wrote.

The study accused Common Core of being “politically polarizing.” While nearly two-thirds of Democrats still support the program, largely unchanged from last year, Republican support has dropped to 43 percent, from 57 percent last year.

"The public likes national standards, but the words ‘Common Core' seem to have a toxic effect on public opinion,” said Paul E. Peterson, a Harvard University professor and one of the authors of the study.

“I do think the name has acquired a negative patina,” he added.