News 9/News On 6 survey finds support for school choice

August 4, 2022

Brandon Dutcher

A new survey of likely Republican voters in Oklahoma shows very strong support for school choice. In the exclusive News 9/News On 6 statewide poll, respondents were asked:

This is not surprising. The Republican party platforms, both nationally and in Oklahoma, place a strong emphasis on parental choice in education, and Republican political leaders and candidates—including frontrunners Kevin Stitt and Ryan Walters—strongly support it. At the 2016 Republican National Convention, Donald Trump, Jr. (courtesy of his speechwriter F.H. Buckley) observed that public schools are “like Soviet-era department stores that are run for the benefit of the clerks and not the customers”—something that parents would eventually witness firsthand with prolonged school shutdowns. Buckley, in his new book Progressive Conservatism: How Republicans Will Become America's Natural Governing Party, makes a strong case for school choice.

But it’s not just Republicans. Surveys consistently show that support is widespread. Consider the latest monthly tracking poll (updated yesterday) commissioned by EdChoice and conducted by the firm Morning Consult. It finds that most Oklahomans (56%) would choose something other than a regular public school if given the choice. And they support letting the tax money follow the child: