To increase integration of public schools, 48% of voters favor busing some students to schools outside of their local community. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 52% are opposed to busing. Those totals include 17% who Strongly Favor busing and 21% who are Strongly Opposed.
There is a huge generational divide on this question. Busing is favored by 61% of voters under 50 and opposed by 65% of older voters.
During the recent presidential debates, Senator Kamala Harris made an issue of former Vice President Joe Biden’s opposition to busing. Currently, 59% of Democrats favor busing to increase integration while 41% are opposed. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of black voters favor busing. The concept is supported by 46% of Independents and 37% of Republicans (see crosstab results).
The survey also found that 41% believe white Americans and black Americans generally receive equal educational opportunities. Forty-eight percent (48%) don’t believe that’s true in America today while 11% are not sure.
The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted July 2-3, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a +/- 3.1 percentage point Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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