62% of Iowans oppose school vouchers
Polling released in January demonstrated strong opposition to school vouchers, defined as shifting public tax dollars to non-public schools.
The survey, conducted by the national firm Public Policy Polling, showed that 62 percent of registered Iowa voters oppose public tax dollars being spent on non-public schools. A plurality of Republicans also opposed public tax dollars being spent on non-public schools, with 48 percent opposed and just 40 percent in favor.
Yesterday House Study Bill 651 was introduced, and according to House Education Committee Chair Walter Rogers, the effect of the bill would be to expand charter schools and to give vouchers to Iowa students that “would redirect money already being spent on public schools into the private school system.”
The following quote can be attributed to Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa:
“The new voucher plan introduced by Rep. Rogers is the latest attempt to undermine public schools in Iowa. Public education is a bedrock value for Iowa families that cuts across party lines. Stripping away funding from the educational opportunities we know matter most for students is terrible policy, unpopular with Iowans, and just flat-out immoral.”
Here is the full question along with responses from the January survey:
Do you think public tax dollars should be spent to fund public schools only, or do you think students should be able to use public tax dollars for non-public schools including private schools and homeschooling?
62%…Think public tax dollars should be spent to fund public schools only
30%…Think students should be able to use public tax dollars for non-public schools including private schools and homeschooling
The survey of 664 Iowa voters was conducted by Public Policy Polling on January 3 and 4, and included a sample of 35 percent Republicans, 33 percent Independents, and 32 percent Democrats.
Click here for the full survey results including cross tabs: https://www.scribd.com/document/368682300/SURVEY-Iowa-Voters-1-3-1-4
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