A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that American voters are almost evenly split between those who believe public schools provide high quality education (51%) and those who believe they provide low quality education (49%).
Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Democrats believe public schools offer a high-quality education. That view is shared by 48% of Republicans and 46% of Independents. Beyond that, people in most age and ethnic groups offer similar assessments (see question wording and crosstab results).
Alternatives to public schools earned much higher rankings: 90% of voters believe private schools provide students with a “very high” or “somewhat high” quality of education. Vocational/technical schools came close to that figure with 81% of voters believing they offer a high quality of education. Sixty-five percent (65%) also believe home schooling provides a quality education.
The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 27-28, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and sample Demographics). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence
Scott Rasmussen’s new book, The Sun Is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not, describes how the digital revolution is poised to remake our educational system. “The most likely scenario is for teachers to start new schools—lots of them—just as the early colonists founded Harvard. Some teachers will take the lead; others will sign on to collaborate with their more entrepreneurial peers. The schools will come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, but all will be focused on serving students rather than bureaucrats. Unleashing the creativity of a million or more teachers to meet the needs of students will lead to solutions no one can even imagine today.”
In the current political environment, school choice remains a hotly contested political issue, and voters will have their chance to weigh in at the ballot box in several states in the coming years. Perhaps the most heated battle over public school education alternatives is taking place in Arizona, where voters will decide in November on a ballot initiative calling for an expansion of the state’s school voucher program. Several states give vouchers to parents in the place of cash to help them pay for private schools and other non-public education choices.
Data released earlier showed that 65% of voters believe our system of higher education is good for the nation. However, there are significant ideological and partisan divides on the topic.
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