A new national poll from the American Federation for Children shows a solid majority of likely voters in the United States favor school choice. Some key findings:
– 69 percent support school choice, including 45 percent who strongly support it while 27 percent oppose it
– 63 percent support private school choice, specifically “opportunity scholarships, also known as school vouchers”
– 76 percent support charter schools
– 65 percent of those surveyed believe that “choice and competition” among schools improves education
Also, Debora Beck, who conducted the poll and does specialized communications services to Democratic political candidates, advocacy groups, and corporations, says:
“The poll clearly shows widespread support, among voters of both political parties as well as independents, for school choice. Any public official – or potential candidate for President — who ignores these numbers does so at their own peril.”
So, school choice is a bipartisan issue. Even Democratic pollsters admit that. When Kentucky’s legislators wake up to the fact that the desire for much better public school options for parents isn’t a partisan issue – it’s a “what is best for children” issue. And, voters from both sides of the article clearly understand that.