● Overall, roughly 1 in 5 (22%) say they voted in a school board election in the past year and 4% said they attended a school board meeting in the past 6 months.
● Partisans were more likely than independents to say they voted in a school board election, as were wealthier respondents, those with higher education, and older Americans. Similar shares of parents and non-parents report voting for school boards.
● Majorities of school board meeting attendees were parents of minor children, Democrats, college educated, and below age 50.
● Overall, the most frequently cited issues motivating school board voters were school safety and requiring COVID-19 vaccines. Together, pandemic-related concerns (vaccines, masks, and mode of instruction) motivate 3 in 10 voters while school safety and mental health combined are the top concern of 1 in 5 voters.
● The top issue concerning school board voters varies by partisanship, race, vaccination status, and age. Democrats, those vaccinated for COVID-19, and older Americans were more likely to cite COVID-19 vaccine requirements as their top issue for school boards. Younger and Hispanic voters were more likely to prioritize mental health than older and non-Hispanic voters. Black voters and Republican voters were more likely to rank teaching about race/racism as their top issue compared to White voters and Democratic voters.