New Poll: Mask and Curriculum Battles Unite Republicans and Democrats in Support of School Choice

Republicans, Democrats, and Independents strongly support giving families educational options in 2021.

According to a September poll from RealClear Opinion Research, polling more than 2,000 registered voters, a majority support giving families options if they feel their child is unsafe in their school due to masking policies (64% vs. 21% opposed). This is true across party lines, with 61% of Republicans, 63% of Independents, and 69% of Democrats saying they support such policy.

Additionally, most voters (55%) support giving families options if they disagree with the curriculum being taught in their child’s school, while only 28% oppose giving that option. Republicans, Democrats, and Independents are more likely to support such policy than oppose it.

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

“The past two years have exposed to the world what many in the parental choice movement have known for decades: no single educational environment is right for every child. As battles over masking and curriculum continue, party affiliation is secondary to ensuring all families are empowered to choose the best educational setting for their children. We urge policymakers, regardless of party, to act to expand options and opportunity to every child in America and eradicate barriers that prevent families from choosing a learning environment where their children can thrive.”

Full details:

Question: Mask Mandates

Do you support or oppose school vouchers for private or home schooling for families who feel their child is unsafe in their public school because their school district is not imposing a mask mandate?

All:

Support: 64%
Oppose: 21%

Party ID:

Democrat: 69% support / 18% oppose
Republican: 61% support / 27% oppose
Independent: 63% support / 19% oppose

Question: Curriculum

Do you support or oppose school vouchers for private or home schooling for families who disagree with the curriculum taught in their child’s school district?

All:

Support: 55%
Oppose: 28%

Party ID:

Democrat: 41% support / 39% oppose
Republican: 68% support / 18% oppose
Independent: 54% support / 28% oppose

Date: September 22 – 24, 2021