Survey: Public follows president's views on education

President Barack Obama's opinions about education have an influence on public perception, according to a national survey. The survey, a collaborative venture between the Education Next journal and the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University, found that knowledge of the president's approval of a policy boosted respondents' support -- by 13 percentage points in the case of merit pay for teachers. "When you have presidential leadership on education issues, both Congress and the general public have a tendency to fall in line," said one expert.

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