What Americans say about…

​Spending preference

Preference to spend money on mental health services for students rather than on armed guards in the schools is high.

Preference to spend money on mental health services for students rather than on armed guards in the schools is high regardless of support for assigned officers. It’s another result that’s heavily influenced by political inclinations: Democratic parents are 24 points more likely than Republicans to favor mental health screening over guards, 83% vs. 59%. (Still, majorities in both groups.) The gap between liberals and conservatives is nearly identical.

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Preference to fund mental health screening instead of guards is lower among whites than nonwhites, with one exception — 91% of white women with college degrees hold this view, slightly more even than all nonwhites. This declines to 58% of white men without college degrees. (These results are among all adults, not just parents, for adequate sample sizes.)

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