Thursday, February 7, 2019

Oklahomans’ support for school choice is becoming difficult to deny



Yet another scientific survey of Oklahoma voters has found strong support for educational choice measures. Read about it here.

For those of you keeping score at home, here is the recent survey research that has shown strong support for various forms of private-school choice among Oklahomans. 
  • Braun Research survey (registered Oklahoma voters), January 2014
  • Tarrance Group survey (registered Oklahoma GOP primary voters), July 2014
  • SoonerPoll survey (likely Oklahoma voters), January 2015
  • Tarrance Group survey (registered Oklahoma voters), January 2015
  • Cole Hargrave Snodgrass and Associates survey (registered Oklahoma voters), December 2015
  • SoonerPoll survey (likely Oklahoma voters), January 2016 
  • SoonerPoll survey (likely Oklahoma voters), July 2016
  • Cor Strategies survey (likely Oklahoma voters), August 2017
  • Cor Strategies survey (likely Oklahoma voters), May 2018
  • WPA Intelligence survey (registered Oklahoma voters), January 2019
  • WPA Intelligence survey (registered Oklahoma voters), April 2019
And here is the survey research showing that Oklahomans oppose school vouchers (the survey didn't ask about tax-credit scholarships or education savings accounts):
  • Public Opinion Strategies survey (likely Oklahoma voters), March 2015 
Like the film critic Pauline Kael, who couldn't understand how Nixon beat McGovern (given that everyone she knew had voted for McGovern), many in the public education community’s epistemic bubble simply cannot come to terms with the reality that most Oklahomans favor educational choice. But a fair reading of the evidence suggests pretty clearly that they do.

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