ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Election Day is just one week away and a new WFXR News/Emerson College poll is providing a better understanding of the issues of importance to voters.

Results from the latest poll find the most important issues facing Virginia, according to voters, are education, jobs, COVID-19, healthcare, and taxes. When broken down by party, there are two issues that make the top five for both Republicans and Democrats: jobs and education.

When it comes to education, there seems to be a debate of whether parents should be involved in deciding what is taught in the child’s classroom.

This comes after Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe said during a debate on Sept. 28 that he does not believe parents should tell schools what to teach.

WFXR News political expert, Dr. Karen Hult, says McAuliffe’s comment was taken out of context. Still, that comment has resulted in a divide among Virginians.

“I don’t think so. I think there are professionals who are trained to do that and the parents are not. Also, that’s too many voices. How are you ever going to come to a conclusion on anything,” said local teacher Daniel Vandeberg.

WFXR News canvassed different areas of the city on Monday, Oct. 25 and talked with several people about the issue of whether parents should have a say in what’s taught in their child’s education. We found a mix of reactions, but most were uncomfortable providing their opinion on camera.

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