HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE
RHODE ISLAND K-12 & SCHOOL CHOICE SURVEY
PAYING ATTENTION TO K-12 EDUCATION
SELECTING A SCHOOL
Nearly three out of four voters in Rhode Island (72%)
Rhode Island voters have a wide range of
say they pay attention to issues in K-12 education.
schooling preferences: 54% prefer private school;
29% would select public school; 10% say public
DIRECTION OF K-12 EDUCATION
charter school; 4% would like to homeschool.
Rhode Islanders are much more likely to say K-12
education has gotten off on the “wrong track”
56% of voters support school vouchers, which
(52%), compared to the one-third of voters (32%)
is significantly greater than the proportion
who say it is heading in the “right direction.”
opposed (33%). Even without a definition of
any kind, support for vouchers is greater than
RATING THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS SYSTEM
opposition by a nearly two-to-one margin.
(40% favor vs. 23% oppose)
Six out of ten respondents gave negative ratings to
The demographics most likely to favor vouchers
the state’s public school system. (35% said “good”
are school parents (62%), urbanites (63%),
or “excellent”; 60% said “fair” or “poor”)
Republicans (65%), conservatives (67%), young
voters (62%), and low-income earners (63%).
SPENDING ON K-12 EDUCATION
Liberals are the least likely to support (49%).
There is much higher support for vouchers with
Eighty percent of Rhode Islanders either
universal eligibility (62%), compared to the
underestimate educational spending per student, or
proportion who supports means-testing (32%).
they could not guess. When given the latest perstudent spending information, voters are less likely to
OTHER K-12 EDUCATION REFORMS
say funding is at a level that is “too low,” compared to
answering without having such information.
By a two-to-one margin, voters support the
school choice policy financing tax-credit
GRADING AREA SCHOOLS
scholarships. (57% favor vs. 28% oppose)
A plurality of Rhode Islanders (46%) favor
Of those respondents giving a grade, Rhode Islanders
are much more likely to give grades A or B to private
education savings accounts (ESAs).
Voters are twice almost three times as likely
schools in their local areas, compared to nearby
to support public charter schools. (62% favor
district schools and public charter schools.
vs. 22% oppose)
Rhode Island K-12 & School Choice Survey
Braun Research, Inc. (BRI)
The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity
June 24 to July 8, 2013
Live Telephone | 70% landline and 30% cell phone
12 minutes (average)
Dual Frame; Probability Sampling; Random Digit Dial (RDD)
RHODE ISLAND = 602
Providence = 359
South/East = 243
Margins of Error:
RHODE ISLAND = ± 4.0 percentage points
Providence = ± 5.2 percentage points
South/East = ± 6.3 percentage points
Landline (LL) = 14.6%
Cell Phone = 11.0%
Yes (Landline/Cell , Age, Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Region)
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