National Poll by RealClear Opinion Research Shows Strong School Choice Support

A RealClear Opinion Research survey of 2,014 registered voters shows that support for educational choice is strong, and that the vast majority of parents would prefer to send their child to a school other than their zoned public school.

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

“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. 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.”

  • 70% of registered voters support a federal tax credit scholarship
  • 68% of registered voters support the concept of school choice
  • 69% of registered voters prefer to send their children to a school other than their zoned public school

Full Details:

Question: Federal Tax Credit Scholarship (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?

Support:

All: 70%

Age:
18-24: 66%
25-34: 69%
35-44: 71%
45-54: 74%
55-64: 69%
65+: 70%

Race & Ethnicity:
White: 70%
Black: 71%
Hispanic: 70%
Asian: 62%

Party ID: 
Democratic Party: 69%
Republican Party: 73%
Independent: 68%

Democratic Primary Voters: 71%
Republican Primary Voters: 73%

Area: 
Urban: 73%
Suburban: 68%
Small town: 62%
Rural: 73%

Kids in school: 
Public school: 75%
Non-public school: 78%

No kids in school: 68%

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: 68%

Age: 
18-24: 69%
25-34: 67%
35-44: 72%
45-54: 69%
55-64: 68%
65+: 66%

Race & Ethnicity: 
White: 68%
Black: 71%
Hispanic: 69%
Asian: 58%

Party ID: 
Democratic Party: 64%
Republican Party: 76%
Independent: 66%

Democratic Primary Voters: 64%
Republican Primary Voters: 77%

Area: 
Urban: 69%
Suburban: 67%
Small town: 64%
Rural: 73%

Kids in school: 
Public school: 73%
Non-public school: 76%

No kids in school: 66%

Question: School preference

If it was your decision and you could select any type of K-12 school, what type of school would you select in order to obtain the best education for your child?

Public district school: 30.4%
Private non-religious school: 21.5%
Public charter school: 13.2%
Private religious school: 18.5%
Home school: 10.5%
Virtual school: 6%

Total non-district school: 69.7%

Survey results