New Poll: School Choice Support Soars from 2020 — Americans of all parties and backgrounds support school choice

According to a new poll from RealClear Opinion Research, which surveyed 1,000 registered voters from June 27-30, 2023, the concept of school choice enjoys overwhelming support (71% vs. 13% opposed).’

This is true across party lines, with 66% of Democrats, 80% of Republicans, and 69% of Independents saying they support such a policy. Additionally, 70% of Asians, 73% of Blacks, 71% of Hispanics, and 71% of White voters support school choice.

According to a press release from the American Federation for Children, “These results confirm that the school choice bump is here to stay and the political reality to which legislators must respond.”

Changes since April 2020 include the following:

Overall support: 64% -> 71% (+7 pp)

Political Parties:

Democratic support: 59% -> 66% (+7 pp)

Republican support: 75% -> 80% (+5 pp)

Independent support: 60% -> 69% (+9 pp)

Race & Ethnicity:

Hispanic: 63% -> 71% (+8 pp)

White: 64% -> 71% (+7 pp)

Black: 68% -> 73% (+5 pp)

Asian: 56% -> 70% (+14 pp)

Tommy Schultz, CEO, American Federation for Children, commented on the polling data in a statement sent to CapitolBeatOK.com, saying: “School choice support is here to stay, and politicians who ignore this reality do so at their own peril. Parents are the new interest group in town, and legislators would be wise to keep responding to their needs.

“The days of the old one-size-fits-all model are numbered, welcome news for the countless students who need something different to learn and thrive. AFC is thrilled to continue standing behind parents as they gain more options for their children’s education.”

More Details from the Polling Data

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?

Overall Support – 71.3%

Age:

18-34: 74%

35-49: 70%

50-64: 71%

65+: 69%

Race & Ethnicity:

Hispanic: 71%

White: 71%

Black: 73%

Asian: 70%

Party ID:

Democrat: 66%

Republican: 80%

Independent: 69%

2020 Vote:

Joe Biden Voters: 67%

Donald Trump Voters: 79%

Region:

Northeast: 74%

South: 72%

Midwest: 75%

West: 66%

Notes: Patrick B. McGuigan, founder and publisher of CapitolBeatOk.com, prepared this story for posting. He worked with material transmitted from the American Federation for Children. Press and other inquiries can be addressed to AFC: telephone: (703) 712-1964, Email: rbydlak@federationforchildren.org. The group’s mailing address is: American Federation for Children, 5950 Berkshire Lane, Suite 325, Dallas, Texas 75225.