As any longtime reader knows, I think we need to raise teacher salaries a lot. So it’s disheartening to get the annual reminder from Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance survey that the public is at best mildly on-board with the idea. But what’s really depressing is that if you tell the survey-takers what teachers now earn (panel a) then support for a raise gets noticeably lower (compare the greater support in panel b).
But “framing” matters in surveys. I’d like to see the same pair of questions asked about police officers or CPAs. I suspect that whenever you ask about salaries for above average wage professions, there’s a tendency for people to be less sympathetic on pay when they are told explicitly how high the pay is.