It turns out that even liberal Californians want taxpayer-funded vouchers for private and religious schools, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)
Among registered voters, 55 percent favor vouchers, and, among likely voters, 50 percent favor vouchers.
Among adults, the survey finds 73 percent of African Americans, 69 percent of Latinos, 56 percent of Asian Americans, and 51 percent of White Americans favor school vouchers. Republicans are more likely to favor school vouchers than Democrats, 67 percent to 46 percent.
In terms of how Californians feel about their public schools in toto, the grades were generally positive, with 54 percent giving the schools an A (22 percent) or B (32 percent). Only 7 percent gave an F, indicating that Californians still have a long way to go.
“Most Californians give passing grades to their local public schools,” said Mark Baldassare, PPIC president and CEO. “But many believe that the state isn’t spending enough money on K–12 education and should also spend what it has more wisely. In this context, many are willing to raise their local taxes and consider a voucher system.”
The poll surveyed 1,705 California adult residents between April 2-11, 2017, with a sampling error of ±3.2 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. The news could not be much better for President Trump, who nominated pro-school choice Betsy DeVos as his Secretary of Education.