This week, PDK International released its annual survey of public opinion on schools. Its results shed little light on this question, since it now delves much more deeply into big-picture questions about the purpose of American schooling, but avoids questions about charter schools, vouchers, or parental choice in education. As a result, we have to dig in to other recent polls.
Last year, EdChoice, nee the Friedman Foundation, found stronger support for vouchers than Ed Next. It also found support for vouchers was stronger among Republicans (64 percent) than among Democrats (54 percent). Among independents, it was strongest of all (66 percent). That survey asked the question this way:
A school voucher system allows parents the option of sending their child to the school of their choice, whether that school is public or private, including both religious and non-religious schools. If this policy were adopted, tax dollars currently allocated to a school district would be allocated to parents in the form of a “school voucher” to pay partial or full tuition for their child’s school. In general, do you favor or oppose a school voucher system?