A recent Rasmussen poll states that a majority of Americans thing that being a teacher is an essential and important job; however, it is a much different outcome when asked when teachers should be unionized. 46% say that unionized teachers are a bad thing, while only 37% say its good. In other words, the public opinion is that unions offer nothing but a restriction to teachers and ultimately the students.
Americans continue to believe strongly that being a teacher is an essential job, but a plurality thinks it’s a bad thing that most teachers are unionized.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 68% of American Adults view being a teacher as one of the most important jobs in our country today, down five points from May of last year but up slightly from when we first asked the question in May 2008. Twenty-one percent (21%) say it’s not one of the most important jobs, and 12% aren’t sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)