Virginians Support Funding Students, Not Systems

A recent Mason-Dixon poll of 625 registered voters shows increasing support for school choice and for specific funding proposals in Virginia.

Full poll results can be found here: www.schoolchoicepolling.com

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

“This polling data clearly shows that families are desperate for something more than the status quo. The pandemic has only exacerbated issues that have been present in our education system for some time. Parents want more options to ensure their children are in the best learning environments.”

“Funding students instead of systems allows families to have the flexibility they are searching for. We must continue to push policymakers to do the right thing and support providing more opportunities to all families.”

QUESTION: VIRGINIA K-12 FUNDING

“On average, American taxpayers spend $15,424 per student nationwide on K-12 public education. Would you support or oppose giving parents a portion of those funds to use for home, virtual, or private education if public schools do not reopen for in-person classes?”

Support:

State: 61%

REGION:

Northern Virginia: 55%
Shenandoah/Piedmont: 63%
Richmond Metro: 60%
Hampton Roads: 64%
Lynchburg/Southside: 68%
Roanoke/Southwest: 68%

GENDER:
Male: 66%
Female: 57%

AGE:
< 50: 63%
50+: 59%

RACE:

White: 60%
Black: 63%

PARTY AFFILIATION:

Democrat: 53%
Republican: 73%
Independent: 59%

QUESTION: FEDERAL FUNDING

“Recent federal legislation gave governors new funding they can use for K-12 education. Some governors have let families control the funds for the purchase of education technology and materials, private school tuition, and home education. Would you support or oppose Governor Northam sending the funding directly to families and allowing them to choose how to use those funds to support their child’s education?”

Support:

State: 51%

REGION:

Northern Virginia: 46%
Shenandoah/Piedmont: 57%
Richmond Metro: 54%
Hampton Roads: 52%
Lynchburg/Southside: 53%
Roanoke/Southwest: 53%

GENDER:
Male: 57%
Female: 46%

AGE:
< 50: 55%
50+: 48%

PARTY AFFILIATION:

Democrat: 30%
Republican: 68%
Independent: 62%

RACE:

White: 53%
Black: 44%

Poll was conducted from December 14-18

+/- 4% margin of error