Poll: Strong Majority of Nevada Voters Support Giving Families School Choice

HISPANICS SUPPORT EDUCATIONAL CHOICE PROPOSALS BY OVERWHELMING MARGINS

Support for expanding educational opportunity for children in Nevada continues to grow, according to an April 2018 Nevada Independent/Mellman poll of 600 likely voters. According to the results, 70% of voters support a proposed special needs Education Savings Accounts, and 59% of voters support expanding funding for the current tax credit scholarship program so that more low-income students can attend the school of their choice. The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, released the following statement.

Statement from Valeria Gurr, Nevada State Director for the American Federation for Children:

“Nevadans clearly believe that the future of education should have more freedom and customization for their children. Instead of delivering public education to students the same way it has been done for more than 100 years, Nevada voters want to embrace innovation in our rapidly changing world and provide school choice options for families across the state.”

Poll Questions:

Special Needs Education Savings Accounts:

“Some have proposed a program that allows parents of children with special needs to allocate their education tax dollars to a state-managed account so the parent may customize a learning and development plan that would best serve their needs, including special needs therapies, virtual education, K-12 private school tuition, vocational education or a combination of these, through approved providers. Do you favor or oppose this program?”

– 70% Support
– 16% Unsure
– 14% Opposed

– Hispanics: 86% Support
– Millennials: 79% Support
– Democrats: 74% Support

 

Tax Credit Scholarship Funding Increase:

“The Nevada education choice scholarship program gives businesses a tax credit for contributions they make to organizations that give out scholarships to low-income parents that they can use to help pay tuition at private and religious elementary, secondary and high schools. Current funding allows about 3,500 scholarships per year. Would you favor or oppose increasing funding for this program so it can give more tax credits to businesses that contribute to scholarships for low-income parents to send their children to private and religious elementary, secondary and high schools?”

– 59% Support
– 28 % Oppose
– 13 % Undecided

– Hispanics: 73% support
– Millennials: 66% support