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Published in Print: October 3, 2001, as What the Public Thinks About Vouchers

What the Public Thinks About Vouchers

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Following are two questions asked in a national poll about vouchers sponsored by the National School Boards Association.

Congress and some states are considering usingĀ  tax dollars to provide vouchers for students to send their children to a private or religious school if they wish. Would you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose such a measure?

All Respondents

Black Respondents

Strongly favor 24% 19%
Somewhat favor 24 22
Total favor 48 41
Strongly oppose 32% 41%
Somewhat oppose 16 16
Total oppose 48 57

Question asked only of voucher supporters:
If using tax dollars to provide vouchers for private schools will mean a loss of tax dollars for public schools, would you still support the idea of vouchers?
All Respondents Black Respondents
Yes 56% 37%
No 39 57

SOURCE: National School Boards Association, 2001.

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