National Poll: 40% of Families More Likely to Homeschool After Lockdowns End

A RealClear Opinion Research survey of 2,122 registered voters shows that support for educational choice is strong, and that a significant portion of parents are more likely to pursue homeschooling opportunities after the lockdowns end. The results show that 40% of families are more likely to homeschool or virtual school after lockdowns, and that 64% support school choice and 69% support the federal Education Freedom Scholarships proposal.

More school choice polling can be found at www.SchoolChoicePolling.com

Statement from John Schilling, President of the American Federation of Children:

“Every single family with kids in school has been incredibly disrupted by the lockdowns. With 55 million students no longer in their normal educational setting, families are clearly considering new options and many are seeing the benefits of homeschooling and virtual schooling. Policymakers should note that there is a strong desire to have these and other educational options available to families, with both strong support for the general concept of school choice and even stronger support for a specific federal proposal, Education Freedom Scholarships.

“This is the time for leadership and for desperately needed bold reforms to be implemented across our K-12 education system. Millions of families are seeing the inadequacies of school districts that are too inflexible.  We owe it to our nation’s families and students to give them more flexibility and additional educational options. Moreover, policymakers owe it to the taxpayers who are footing the $800 billion K-12 education bill to maximize their investment by ensuring every child has access to a quality education and outcomes are improved across the board.”

Polling Details:

Question for Parents (626 respondents): 
Are you more or less likely to enroll your son or daughter in a homeschool, neighborhood homeschool co-op, or virtual school once the lockdowns are over?

More Likely: 40.8%
Less Likely: 31.1%

More Likely breakdowns: 

Age:
18-34: 44.9%
35-44: 40.8%
45-54: 35.3%

Race & Ethnicity:
White: 36.3%
Black: 50.4%
Hispanic: 38.2%
Asian: 53.8%

Party ID
Democrat: 45.7%
Republican: 42.3%

Questions for all 2,122 respondents: 

Question: School Choice

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?

Support: 

All: 64%

Age: 
18-34: 67.2%
35-44: 66.7%
45-54: 64.5%
55-64: 64%
65+: 59.4%

Race & Ethnicity: 
White: 64.4%
Black: 67.6%
Hispanic: 63.4%
Asian: 55.5%

Party ID: 
Democrat: 59%
Republican: 75.2%
Independent: 60.2%

Area: 
Urban: 69.3%
Suburban: 62.6%
Small town: 52.5%
Rural: 68.2%

Kids in school: 
Public school: 67.7%
Non-public school: 77.4%

No kids in school: 62.3%

Question: Federal Tax Credit Scholarship (Education Freedom Scholarships)
Support: 

All: 69%

Age: 
18-34: 71.6%
35-44: 70.9%
45-54: 68.8%
55-64: 64.1%
65+: 65.3%

Race & Ethnicity: 
White: 67.1%
Black: 74.3%
Hispanic: 72.6%
Asian: 64.1%

Party ID: 
Democrat: 67.7%
Republican: 70%
Independent: 68.5%

Area: 
Urban: 72.8%
Suburban: 65.3%
Small town: 67.7%
Rural: 70%

Kids in school: 
Public school: 72%
Non-public school: 77.7%

No kids in school: 67%

Date: April 18-21
+/- 2.31%