The sense of Congress is that...

Tenure for elementary and secondary teachers should be eliminated, because it provides no incentives for teachers to actually improve their performance, and makes it virtually impossible to fire ineffective teachers.

177

41%

258

59%

The minority position is that schoolteachers are not paid nearly as well as other workers with similar education levels, so we need benefits like teacher tenure to reward teachers and help attract qualified people to the profession.

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Results calculated from Resurgent Republic survey data of self-identified independent voters, January 12-January 16, 2011, N=320, margin of error +/-5.5%