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POLL: Seven in 10 Americans want alternatives to public schools

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December 9, 2019

A new nationwide poll is confirming what others before it have already, repeatedly: The vast majority of Americans want to send their kids to a school other than the one assigned by the government.

RealClear Opinion Research asked 2,014 registered voters several questions about educational options for their kids, and it’s clear they want more school choice.

Nearly seven in 10 registered voters told the pollster they support school choice in concept, while roughly the same percentage would prefer to send their child somewhere besides their assigned public school.

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“Once again, a new round of nationwide public polling in 2019 confirms that school choice is incredibly popular with voters in every category, especially a federal tax credit proposal like the Education Freedom Scholarships,” said John Schilling, president of American Federation of Children.

“This is a unifying issue among voters and policymakers should take action. The polling clearly shows that parents want more and better educational options for their children, and as we’ve seen in states like Florida and Arizona, they will become intensely passionate about candidates who support school choice.”

RealClear Opinion posed the question: “School choice gives parents the right to use the tax dollars designated for their child’s education to send their child to the public or private school which best serves their needs. Generally speaking, would you say you support or oppose the concept of school choice?”

Overall, 68 percent of respondents supported school choice, with strong support across all age groups. Blacks were most supportive with 71 percent in favor, followed by Hispanics with 69 percent support and whites with 68 percent.

The popularity also transcended political parties, though Republicans were more strongly in support at 76 percent than Democrats at 64 percent. Sixty-six percent of respondents who identified as independents supported school choice.

The pollster also asked about the type of schools parents would prefer to send their children, if they could select any school.

About 30 percent would prefer to send their children to public schools, while 21.5 percent said non-religious private school, 18.5 percent would prefer private religious school, 13.2 percent chose public charter schools, 10.5 percent want to homeschool and 6 percent chose virtual school.

In total, 69.7 percent of those who answered the question chose a non-district public school option.

The strongest support in the survey, however, came in favor of Federal Tax Credit Scholarships, also known as Education Freedom Scholarships.

“Do you support or oppose a federal tax credit proposal in Congress where individuals and businesses could donate to non-profit scholarship granting organizations in the states that would provide scholarships for students to attend the public, private or career and technical schools of their choice?” the survey asked.

Seventy percent said they’re in favor of the scholarships.

That support included 73 percent of Republican primary voters and 71 percent of Democratic primary voters.

This article was posted: Monday, December 9, 2019 at 6:44 am

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