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Poll shows broad support for school choice among voters

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The second annual National School Choice Poll by the American Federation of Children shows growing grassroots support for educational choice, especially among millennial, Hispanic and black voters.

Last year, the poll found that 69 percent fully supported school choice, and 27 percent opposed it. This year, those percentages changed to 70 and 24, respectively.1280px-Voting_United_States

Elected officials and candidates should take note: 55 percent of voters say they want to hear more about educational issues; 64 percent said they were more likely to vote for a candidate supportive of school choice, a number that climbs to 76 percent among Hispanics and 75 percent among millennials.

“The most important finding from today’s poll is that the concept of school choice has strong support among voters, and in nearly every category we saw modest or incremental growth in support for school choice compared to 2015 results,”  Matt Frendewey, national communications director for the American Federation for Children, said in a statement. “Latino and millennials, two emerging voting blocs, support school choice in strong numbers, and voters are more likely to support a candidate who supports school choice. These factors will be critical as we move into the 2016 election cycle.”

While school choice has historically been seen as a Republican issue, it is becoming more bipartisan. Support among Democrats has increased from 60 percent last year to 65 percent this year — a level of support not reflected among the party’s elected officials —  while support remains steady among independents (66 percent) and Republicans (80 percent).


Amelia Hamilton was a former Watchdog.org education correspondent.