Support for school choice grows across political groups, new polling shows

By March 1, 2022 News

School choice is growing in popularity nationwide, new polling shows. In fact, support for choice is increasing across political affiliation and demographic factors. The largest uptick in support is among Democrats.

The new poll, released yesterday by the American Federation for Children (AFC), queried more than 2,000 registered voters between February 5-9.

Overall, 72% of voters say they support the concept of allowing parents to choose where their child attends school. Just 18% say they’re opposed.

Support for choice has risen across the board during the pandemic

The rise in support for choice has coincided with the pandemic. Overall, support has increased 8% overall since April 2020. The largest increase in support, 9 points, has been among Democrats. Support for choice has increased by 7 points for Republicans and for Independents alike.

AFC CEO Tommy Schultz noted:

These poll numbers are stunning. The past two years have exposed to the world what many in the parental choice movement have known for decades: no single educational environment is right for every child. As the battle over educational freedom continues, party affiliation is secondary to ensuring all families are empowered to choose the best educational setting for their children.

Read more about the poll here.