Brandon Dutcher | February 25, 2022
Oklahoma voters want school freedom
The evidence continues to pile up: Oklahoma voters want educational freedom.
Consider these recent survey results from WPA Intelligence. Respondents were asked:
“School freedom gives parents the right to use the tax dollars designated for their child’s education to send their child to the public school or private school which they believe best serves their needs. Generally speaking, would you say you support or oppose the concept of school freedom?”
As you can see, support is overwhelming among likely Oklahoma voters (74% to 18%). Support is even stronger among Republican primary voters (82% to 10%).
Respondents were also asked:
“If your state senator or state representative supported school freedom, the concept we just asked about, would you be more or less likely to vote to re-elect them?”
Likely voters, by a margin of 60% to 20%, would be more likely to re-elect a pro-school-freedom lawmaker. Among Republican primary voters, the margin is 72% to 9%.
Notes on methodology: WPA Intelligence selected a random sample of registered voters from the Oklahoma voter file using Registration Based Sampling (RBS). The sample for the survey was stratified based on geography, age, gender, partisanship, and ethnicity, allowing WPAi to avoid post-survey “weighting” which can reduce the reliability of survey results. Respondents were contacted by phone via a live telephone operator interview October 31–November 3, 2021. The study has a sample size of n=500 likely voters with a margin of error of ±4.4% in 95 out of 100 cases. The Republican primary voter oversample has a sample size of n=300 with a margin of error of ±5.7% in 95 out of 100 cases.
Senior Vice President
Brandon Dutcher is OCPA’s senior vice president. Originally an OCPA board member, he joined the staff in 1995. Dutcher received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma. He received a master’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public policy from Regent University. Dutcher is listed in the Heritage Foundation Guide to Public Policy Experts, and is editor of the book Oklahoma Policy Blueprint, which was praised by Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman as “thorough, well-informed, and highly sophisticated.” His award-winning articles have appeared in Investor’s Business Daily, WORLD magazine, Forbes.com, Mises.org, The Oklahoman, the Tulsa World, and 200 newspapers throughout Oklahoma and the U.S. He and his wife, Susie, have six children and live in Edmond.