A poll of 1200 likely voters shows strong support for the idea of school choice in Georgia. Here are some highlights of the poll:
* Georgians strongly support school vouchers, both in general and in the context of special education. When asked about a bill currently being debated by the Georgia legislature that would provide school vouchers to special education students, 59 percent said they favored this policy, while only 20 percent were unfavorable. Questions about vouchers in general produced very similar results: 58 percent of Georgians favor school vouchers, while only 22 percent were unfavorable. In addition, if it were up to Georgians a strong majority would choose private and home schools for their children. Fifty-nine percent would select a private school or home school environment versus 27 percent who would choose a public school environment.
* Georgians believe that school choice improves K-12 education. A majority of Georgians (53 percent versus 29 percent) agree that school vouchers improve K-12 education by allowing parents the freedom to choose the best education for their child. In addition, when asked what appeals to them the most about school choice and vouchers, 38 percent cited parents choosing the best school for their children and 21 percent cited better education and curriculum.
* Georgians overwhelmingly believe that parents, not school administrators, are best prepared to make educational choices for children. A resounding 82 percent of Georgia voters think that parents are better able to make educational choices for their children than school administrators; only 12 percent say school administrators know better than parents.
* Georgia voters are more likely to vote for a state representative or senator who supports school vouchers. Four times as many poll respondents said they would be more likely to vote for a legislator who supports vouchers (54 percent) as said they would be less likely (13 percent).
* K-12 education is the top priority of Georgia voters. Thirty-three percent picked K-12 education as the most important issue facing Georgia, more than any other issue by a large margin (the next most common response was jobs and economic growth at 21 percent).
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