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Two-thirds of Idahoans believe the 6.6 percent increase in public school funding for the new school year – now just weeks away – will make for a better education for students, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.

Still, there are a lot of naysayers about the increased school funding – those who don’t believe the extra money will result in a better educated and successful student body, finds pollster Dan Jones & Associates.

In his new survey, Jones finds:

You can read about Idaho school strong points and shortcomings here.

Republicans dominate the state Legislature, and Gov. Butch Otter is also a Republican. So any school funding bills have to be approved by that majority party.

Idaho, because of a booming economy and new tax revenue, has increased school funding dramatically over the last few years – the increases in excess of 6 percentage points per year.

Idaho Democrats overwhelmingly believe the new school money will be well used, and students will get a better education:

Republicans, political independents and those belonging to some other political party are more skeptical:

Finally, those who self-classified themselves as “very conservative” politically are even less sure about results from the extra money.

Jones polled 601 adults from July 5-16. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.