A new poll from RealClear Opinion Research shows that national support for school choice has grown by seven percentage points since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, 71% support school choice with only 13% opposed, according to the poll. In April 2020, that support figure stood at 64%.
That jump in support holds across political and racial lines. Sixty-six percent of Democrats support school choice, 80% of Republicans, and 69% of Independents. Meanwhile, 71% of Hispanics back school choice, 71% of whites, 73% of blacks, and 70% of Asians.
“School choice support is here to stay, and politicians who ignore this reality do so at their own peril,” said Tommy Schultz, CEO of the American Federation for Children, in the poll’s press release. “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.”
The poll surveyed 1,000 registered voters between June 27-30.