The Biden administration sparked some of the fiercest opposition of the year when the Department of Justice announced that the FBI would be investigating the protests of parents concerned about critical race theory, transgender policies, and other issues at local school boards. New polling data suggests the proposed investigations are backfiring on Democrats.
Rasmussen released new polling Wednesday that shows Americans trust parents to be involved in the decision making for their children’s education.
“The federal Department of Justice is investigating alleged threats against local school officials, but most voters agree that recent parent protests are ‘clearly protected by the First Amendment,'” Rasmussen said. “A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 88% of Likely U.S. Voters believe it is Very Important for parents to be involved in their children’s education. Another 10% say parental involvement is Somewhat Important.”
The poll comes after the FBI announcement and some high-profile Democrats questioned whether parents should be able to influence how their kids are taught. Republicans, meanwhile, have been highly outspoken against the DOJ announcement.
“Now Joe Biden is deploying the FBI against parents who have concerns about Critical Race Theory being taught to their children,” U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said. “This is a remarkable and dangerous abuse of power. I just asked the Biden DOJ to name one instance in American history when the FBI has been directed to go after parents attending school board meetings to express their views. There isn’t one. Biden’s latest offensive against parents is shocking, unprecedented and wrong.”
So far, however, the policy stands.
“[DOJ] efforts are expected to include the creation of a task force, consisting of representatives from the department’s Criminal Division, National Security Division, Civil Rights Division, the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, the FBI, the Community Relations Service and the Office of Justice Programs, to determine how federal enforcement tools can be used to prosecute these crimes, and ways to assist state, Tribal, territorial and local law enforcement where threats of violence may not constitute federal crimes,” the DOJ said in a statement. “The Justice Department will also create specialized training and guidance for local school boards and school administrators.”