Fifty-nine percent of eSchool News readers said they would vote for John Kerry in next month’s presidential election, and 38 percent said they would vote for George W. Bush, according to results of an informal straw poll taken on the eSchool News web site in August.

Of the 650-plus readers who voted in the poll, those who said they were Democrats outnumbered those who identified themselves as Republicans by a 7-to-5 margin. But the percentage of Republicans who chose Kerry (14 percent) was greater than the percentage of Democrats who chose Bush (9 percent), and Kerry also won more support from readers who said they were Independents (64 percent) than did Bush (29 percent).

The results are not surprising when you consider that teachers made up the largest bloc of voters in the poll (26 percent) and women outnumbered men, 58 to 42. (The nation’s two largest teacher’s unions, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, traditionally back Democratic candidates, and both have endorsed Kerry for president. National polls suggest that Kerry has a stronger appeal for women, while Bush is favored by men, and results of our poll are somewhat consistent with this trend: 64 percent of women, but only 53 percent of men, said they would vote for Kerry.)

But what might be surprising is the percentage of educational technology vendors (65 percent) who backed Kerry in our poll, despite the perception that Bush is more favorable to businesses. Vendors who participated in the survey said their top educational concerns were preserving federal ed-tech programs and fully funding the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), issues on which Bush has been criticized by Democrats.

Technology directors chose Kerry over Bush, 50 percent to 45 percent, and superintendents favored Bush over Kerry by a 4-to-3 margin.

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