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Poll shows four out of five voters support school choice, ESA

A new poll shows that Mississippians throughout the state continue to support Education Scholarship Accounts and school choice opportunities and they want to see the options available to all students in the state.

According to the poll that was commissioned by Empower Mississippi, 77 percent of voters support giving parents the right to use the tax dollars associated with their child’s education to send their child to the public or private school which best serves their needs.

“This poll demonstrates again that families across Mississippi overwhelmingly support school choice, support the Education Scholarship Account program, and want to see it expanded to all public school students in Mississippi,” said Grant Callen, President, and Founder of Empower Mississippi. “I’m thrilled that policymakers have already announced plans to do that this session.”

The poll also found that voters overwhelmingly support the Special Needs ESA, want to see it expanded to all students and that they would be more likely to support a candidate who voted for the expansion.

Below are the poll findings:

  • 77 percent support school choice when they were told: “school choice gives parents the right to use tax dollars associated with their child’s education to send their child to the public or private school which best serves their needs.” Just 18 percent oppose school choice.
    • Specifically, 84 percent of Republicans support school choice.
    • Two years ago, voters were asked the same question and 78 percent of voters favored school choice showing support for school choice remains solid at almost four out of five voters.
  • 82 percent support the current Special Needs ESA when they were read a description of the program compared to 10 percent who said they oppose it.
  • Support for this program is universal regardless of age, race, gender, geographic location, or political affiliation.
  • When asked about expanding the program to all students, 65 percent said they support the expansion compared to just 24 percent who said they oppose it.
    • Support for the expansion is strongest amongst those most likely to benefit from the expansion; including 85 percent of those age 18-24 and 75 percent of those age 34-49.
    • This is the first question on a specific expansion, but previous polling found 58 percent believe the ESA should be available to all students.
  • 62 percent said they would be more likely to support a candidate who voted for the expansion compared to just 24 percent who said they would be less likely.

To view the full poll results, click here.

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