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New poll shows strong support for school choice programs in Arizona

Majority expressed that school choice should be an option for every Arizona student

PHOENIX (Oct. 20, 2015) — The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, highlighted the results of a statewide poll conducted by Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research group. The results show 63% of likely Arizona voters favor school choice in general, and 64% said all students in Arizona deserve to have access to school choice programs. Results also show strong support for school tuition organizations in the state’s Tuition Tax Credit program. In addition, a majority of people supported the Empowerment Scholarship Account program, which is Arizona’s version of education savings accounts.

“The poll clearly demonstrates the support for both school choice as a concept and the specific programs parents are using so their child can learn in the best environment for their individual needs,” said Kevin Chavous, executive counsel to the American Federation for Children. “This is extremely valuable information as lawmakers address high-priority education issues in Arizona, and we believe the results show that school choice should be a major portion of the discussion.”

On Oct. 14 and 15, live interviews were conducted with 501 likely voters across the state. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4%.

Out of the 63% of people who support school choice, more than half of them say they strongly support school choice.

Poll Question:

School choice gives parents the right to use the tax dollars associated with their child’s K through twelve education to send their child to the public, charter, or private school which best serves their needs. Generally speaking, would you say that you have a favorable or unfavorableimpression of the concept of school choice?
The state’s School Tuition Organizations and Tuition Tax Credit program were supported by 65% of people polled.

Poll Question:
As you may know, Arizona’s School Tuition Organization Scholarship Tax Credit program allows taxpayers a dollar for dollar tax credit for donations to school tuition organizations or STOs. STOs provide scholarships to children to attend the K through twelve private school of their families choosing. Would you say yousupport or oppose the STO Scholarship Tax Credit program?
Additionally, charter schools were favored by 69% of those polled as a good school choice option for students.
As Gov. Ducey and the legislature prepare for a special session to deal with education funding proposals, AFC will be releasing further polling results relevant to that discussion.

Click here for a memo from Matt Gammon, vice president at Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research, detailing poll findings in reference to this news release.

The Arizona Federation for Children is the state affiliate of the American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice.

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