Gallup Poll Finds Strong, Bipartisan Support for Federal School Choice Proposal
59% of Americans agree that school choice should be provided at the federal level
Yesterday, Gallup released a poll measuring attitudes on President Trump’s recent proposals and it showed strong support among Americans for a federal school choice program.
When asked to agree or disagree with the following statement, “Provide federal funding for school choice programs that allow students to attend any private or public school,” 59% of respondents agreed with the concept while only 26% disagreed. Gallup found that this is one of four policy proposals from the President where Americans are in bipartisan, net agreement on an issue.
Statement from John Schilling, Chief Operating Officer of the American Federation for Children:
“This Gallup poll shows what school choice advocates have always known: parents want more educational options and support for more educational options stretches across party lines. Congress and the Administration should answer the call from parents who are demanding greater educational choice for their children. We believe the best federal proposal, one that will create immediate educational opportunity for children across the country, is a federal education tax credit. Allowing charitable contributions from corporations and individuals to state non-profits who provide scholarships to eligible children would immediately help hundreds of thousands of children access a school of their parents’ choice. Every child in America should have the opportunity to be in the educational environment that best meets his or her needs. That could be a traditional public school, a private school, a charter school, a magnet school, a virtual school, a home school or a blend of learning environments. Empowering parents with educational choice will give more children access to a quality education and improve educational outcomes across the board.”
Annually, the American Federation for Children (AFC), the nation’s voice for educational choice, conducts a National School Choice Poll which found similar results to the Gallup survey. AFC’s 2017 poll found 68% of likely voters support school choice, with strong support across political parties, and the strongest support among African-Americans, Hispanics, and Millennials. It also found 72% support the creation of a federal tax credit program.
For more results from the Gallup poll: http://bit.ly/2p3cMzF.
Learn more about AFC’s ideal federal school choice plan: http://bit.ly/2omqUUr.