New Poll Shows Support For School Choice Remains Strong


A new poll shows school choice continues to enjoy popularity among voters nationwide.

The poll, commissioned by American Federation for Children and conducted by the Democratic polling firm Beck Research, found 68 percent support the concept of school choice, compared to just 28 percent who oppose the idea.

Voters were asked, “Generally speaking, would you say you favor or oppose the concept of school choice? School choice gives parents the right to use the tax dollars associated with their child’s education to send their child to the public or private school which better serves their needs.”

These results are similar to polling we released last year that found 78 percent of Mississippians support school choice, compared to just 17 percent who are opposed.

A majority also supported specific various school choice proposals, including:

  • By a 81-13 margin, voters support special needs scholarships;
  • By a 74-22 margin, voters support charter schools;
  • By a 73-23 margin, voters support tax credit scholarships;
  • By a 69-24 margin, voters support education savings accounts;
  • By a 59-37 margin, voters support virtual learning;
  • By a 58-38 margin, voters support opportunity scholarships; and
  • By a 51-47 margin, voters support school vouchers.

The poll was conducted January 2-5 2017 of 1,100 likely voters. The margin of error was +/- 3.5%.

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