School Choice Polling

Here we will continue to compile and update school choice polling across the country. We will include statewide polls and national polls. Please reach out to the American Federation for Children’s Vice President of Communications and Marketing, Tommy Schultz (tschultz@federationforchildren.org) if you have  questions.

School Choice Polling one-pager

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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?”

 

National polling:

RealClear Opinion (2,020 registered voters, national, August 2020) – 69%

RealClear Opinion (2,122 registered voters, national, April 2020) – 64%

Beck Research (1,275 likely voters, national, January 2020) – 69%

RealClear Opinion (2,014 registered voters, national, September 2019) – 68%

Mason-Dixon (676 likely voters, national, June 2019) – 73%

Beck Research (1,200 likely voters, national, January 2019) – 67%

Beck Research (1,100 likely voters, national, January 2018) – 63%

Beck Research (1,100 likely voters, national, January 2017) – 68%

Beck Research (1,100 likely voters, national, January 2016) – 70%

Beck Research (800 likely voters, national; 800 state January 2015) – 69%

 

State polling:

Florida – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 73%

Virginia – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 71%

Georgia – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 79%

Kentucky – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 74%

 

QUESTION: FEDERAL TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIP (EDUCATION FREEDOM SCHOLARSHIPS)

“The Education Freedom Scholarship is a federal scholarship tax credit that allows individuals and businesses to donate to in-state non-profit scholarship granting organizations that would provide scholarships for students to attend public, private, or career and technical schools of their choice.”

 

National polling: 

RealClear Opinion (2,122 registered voters, national, April 2020) – 69%

Beck Research (1,275 likely voters, national, January 2020) – 78%

RealClear Opinion (2,014 registered voters, national, September 2019) – 70%

Mason-Dixon (676 likely voters, national, June 2019) – 63%

State polling:

Florida – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 76%

Virginia – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 74%

Georgia – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 81%

Kentucky – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 68%

 

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?”

 

National polling: 

District Public

RealClear Opinion (2,020 registered voters, national, August 2020) – 32%

Beck Research (1,275 likely voters, national, January 2020) – 47%

RealClear Opinion (2,014 registered voters, national, September 2019) – 30%

Beck Research (1,200 likely voters, national, January 2019) – 35%

 

(Remainder)

RealClear Opinion (2,020 registered voters, national, August 2020) – 68%

Beck Research (1,275 likely voters, national, January 2020) – 49%

RealClear Opinion (2,014 registered voters, national, September 2019) – 69.7%

Beck Research (1,200 likely voters, national, January 2019) – 59%

-Private

RealClear Opinion (2,020 registered voters, national, August 2020) – 29%

Beck Research (1,275 likely voters, national, January 2020) – 41%

RealClear Opinion (2,014 registered voters, national, September 2019) – 40%

Beck Research (1,200 likely voters, national, January 2019) – 47%

-Public Charter

RealClear Opinion (2,020 registered voters, national, August 2020) – 13%

Beck Research (1,275 likely voters, national, January 2020) – 7%

RealClear Opinion (2,014 registered voters, national, September 2019) – 13%

Beck Research (1,200 likely voters, national, January 2019) – 11%

-Home

RealClear Opinion (2,020 registered voters, national, August 2020) – 15%

Beck Research (1,275 likely voters, national, January 2020) – 1%

RealClear Opinion (2,014 registered voters, national, September 2019) – 11%

-Virtual

RealClear Opinion (2,020 registered voters, national, August 2020) – 11%

RealClear Opinion (2,014 registered voters, national, September 2019) – 6%

 

State polling:

District Public

Florida – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 30%

Virginia – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 39%

Georgia – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 39%

Kentucky – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 74%

 

(Total Non-District School)

Florida – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 59%

Virginia – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 56%

Georgia – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 57%

Kentucky – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 74%

 

Private

Florida – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 39%

Virginia – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 38%

Georgia – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 32%

Kentucky – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 39%

 

Public Charter

Florida – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 14%

Virginia – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 13%

Georgia – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 19%

Kentucky – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 13%

 

Home

Florida – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 5%

Virginia – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 5%

Georgia – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 5%

Kentucky – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 9%

Virtual

Florida – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 1%

Virginia – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – -%

Georgia – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 1%

Kentucky – Mason-Dixon (625 registered voters, December 2019) – 1%