A new Idaho Statesman poll of likely voters across the state shows that a series of laws overhauling public education faces a tough test at the ballot box next month.
The poll, conducted by Washington D.C.-based Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, questioned respondents on the education referendum and a variety of other political and state issues. The poll was conducted last week and is based on interviews of 625 voters who said they were likely to take part in the election and has a margin for error of no more than plus or minus 4 percentage points.
On Proposition 1, which centers around a 2011 law limiting teacher contract negotiations to pay and benefits, the poll found that 42 percent would vote to reject the law compared to 38 percent who support it. About 20 percent of voters say they are still undecided.
For Proposition 2, the measure asking voters to reject or uphold the merit pay law for teachers, the newspaper reports that 42 percent support the plan while 39 percent would reject it and 19 percent remain undecided.
The poll also shows those against Proposition 3 outnumber those who like it. Prop 3 focuses on a plan to give computers to high school students and teachers and require students to take online courses before graduation. The poll found that 47 percent of likely voters would reject the measure, while 40 percent are in favor and 13 percent have yet to make up their mind. (AP)