New Poll: Democrats Support School Choice as Mask Debates Grow

According to a poll conducted by Echelon Insights in August, 76% of Democrats support allowing families to take their child’s taxpayer-funded education dollars to a private or home school if their public school does not require universal masking. Overall, 79% of respondents with an opinion supported this school choice proposal, including 82% of Democrats and 78% of Republicans.

Statement from Tommy Schultz, CEO of the American Federation for Children:

“While the majority of American voters from all political parties support school choice, these numbers represent a marked increase in support among Democrats. This just affirms that the one-size-fits-all system of education cannot serve the needs and interests of all families. No family should ever feel unsafe sending their children to school, whether due to bullying or health and safety protocols. Elected officials should take note and put children first by empowering families with educational options.” 

Details: 

The Echelon Insights poll was conducted August 13-18, 2021 and consisted of more than 1,000 registered voters across the country. 

Question: 

If a family feels their child is unsafe in their public school because the district is not imposing a mask mandate, would you support or oppose providing school vouchers so that their child may attend a private school or homeschool?

Strongly Support/Support:

All: 69%

Democrat: 76%

Republican: 65%

Strongly Oppose/Oppose: 

All: 18%

Democrat: 17%

Republican: 18%

Unsure: 

All: 13%

Democrat: 7%

Republican: 17%

 

Date: August 13 – 18, 2021