Poll: School safety, overtime pay, and remembering 9/11

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    NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller sits down for his weekly conversation with Gallup’s Frank Newport to talk about trends in American opinion.

    Today is the 14th anniversary of the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. Just where does the threat of terror stand now in terms of what Americans are worried about?

    Philadelphia public schools opened their doors this week and this is always a time when some parents are worried for their child’s safety. Has there been any change in these types of concerns over the years?

    Of course, not all students are in public schools. In fact, our estimate is that about 20 percent of all K-12 students in the country are in private or parochial schools, or home schooled (3 percent in this last category). This has changed over the years; 10-15 years ago, only 15 percent of K-12 students were not in public schools.

    President Obama and the Labor Department recently put forth new rules that will expand – by about 5 million people – the number of workers that are eligible for overtime. Americans are not convinced that this is going to help the economy all that much. But the public now and in the past has favored raising the minimum wage – something Clinton and Sanders have both pushed for.

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