NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation/Kennedy School of Government Education Poll, 1999

posted Jan 1, 2012, 6:55 AM by Bill Duncan
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It's unfortunate that this poll is 12 years old (though the Gallup education data shows attitudes haven't changed so much), but it's very informative on vouchers, charters and many other issues.

Here is the heart of it, from the voucher/charter perspective.  It is worth a close review.  There is more subtlty here than in most surveys.

34A. (Asked of half sample) Do you favor or oppose the government offering parents money or "vouchers" to send their children to private or religious schools, or public schools outside their district?

 

Favor

Oppose

Don’t Know

Total

42

54

4

Parents

46

51

3

Non-parents

39

56

5

34B. (Asked of half sample) Do you favor or oppose the government offering parents money or "vouchers" to send their children to private or religious schools, or public schools outside their district, or haven’t you heard enough about that to have an opinion?

 

Favor

Oppose

Don’t Know

Total

31

36

33

Parents

36

29

35

Non-parents

28

39

32

35. (If favor vouchers) Would you still favor this if it meant there would be less money for public schools in your area?

 

Yes, still favor

No, would oppose

Don’t Know

Total

52

44

5

Parents

51

46

3

Non-parents

52

42

6

34/35 Summary table: (Note: Lines 2 & 3 add up to Line 4)

 

Total

Parents

Non-Parents

1. Initially favored and still favor, even if less money for public schools

19

21

18

2. Initially favored, but oppose if less money for public schools

16

19

14

3. Initially opposed (therefor not asked this follow-up question)

45

40

47

4. Total opposed after follow-up question

61

59

61

5. Don't Know

20

20

21

36. (If oppose vouchers) Would you still oppose this if it meant that children from less well-off families might not be able to attend better schools?

 

Yes, still oppose

No, would favor

Don’t Know

Total

52

43

5

Parents

50

44

6

Non-parents

53

42

4

34/36 Summary table: (Note: Lines 2 & 3 add up to Line 4)

 

Total

Parents

Non-Parents

1. Initially opposed and still oppose even if children from less well off families cannot attend better schools

23

20

25

2. Initially opposed, but favor if children from less well off families cannot attend better schools

19

17

20

3. Initially in favor (therefor not asked this follow-up question)

36

41

34

4. Total in favor after follow up question

55

59

54

5. Don’t know

21

22

21

37. (Asked of parents of public-school children) Suppose the government would pay all of the tuition for you to send your oldest child to a public school in another district, a religious or parochial school, or a private school. Would you send your oldest child to the school he or she now attends or to a different school?

 

Same school

Different school

Don’t Know

Parents

66

29

5

38. (Of parents of public-school children) Which kind of school — a public school in another district, a religious or parochial school, or a non-religious private school?

Different School

 

Same school

Public school/ other district

Religious/ parochial school

Non-religious private school

Don’t know

66

6

13

9

6

39A. (Asked of half sample) The charter school program exempts some public schools from certain state regulations and permits them to function independently from the local school district as long as they meet state standards for student achievement. Do you favor or oppose such a program?

 

Favor

Oppose

Don’t know

Total

62

29

9

Parents

65

28

7

Non-parents

60

30

10

39B. (Asked of half sample) The charter school program exempts some public schools from certain state regulations and permits them to function independently from the local school district as long as they meet state standards for student achievement. Do you favor or oppose such a program, or haven’t you heard enough about that to have an opinion?

 

Favor

Oppose

Don’t know

Total

25

12

63

Parents

26

9

65

Non-parents

24

14

62

40A. (Asked of half sample) Do you think children who are schooled at home rather than at a school get a better, worse, or about the same quality of education as other children?

 

Better

Worse

About the same

Don’t know

Total

26

31

33

11

Parents

29

28

37

7

Non-parents

24

33

30

12

40B. (Asked of half sample) Do you think children who are schooled at home rather than at a school develop as well as other children, or not as well?

 

As well

Not as well

Don’t know

Total

38

53

9

Parents

45

48

6

Non-parents

34

55

11