HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE
IOWA K-12 & SCHOOL CHOICE SURVEY
PAYING ATTENTION TO K-12 EDUCATION
SELECTING A SCHOOL
More than three out of four voters in Iowa (77%)
Iowa voters express a diverse range of schooling
say they pay attention to issues in K-12 education.
preferences: 49% (a plurality) would select public
school; 38% prefer private school; 5% say public
DIRECTION OF K-12 EDUCATION
Iowans are slightly more likely to think that K-12
education has gotten off on the “wrong track”
(46%), compared to the one-third of voters (40%)
who say it is heading in the “right direction.”
charter school; 5% would like to homeschool.
EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNTS (ESAs)
48% of Iowans support education savings
accounts (ESAs), which is significantly greater
than the proportion opposed (38%).
The demographic groups most likely to favor
RATING THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS SYSTEM
ESAs are school parents (58%), Republicans
(55%), conservatives (54%), young voters (60%),
Nearly two out of three respondents give positive
ratings to the state’s public school system (65% said
“good” or “excellent”; 34% said “fair” or “poor”).
middle-age voters (56%), and those not
religiously affiliated (62%). Older voters are the
least likely to support (37%).
Iowans are much more likely to support universal
SPENDING ON K-12 EDUCATION
eligibility for ESAs (57%), compared to the
proportion who supports means-testing (33%).
Eighty percent of Iowans either underestimate
average non-schooler or American adult. Nearly
educational spending per student, or they could not
one-third of voters (32%) “strongly agree” with
guess. When given the latest per-student spending
information, state voters are significantly less likely to
say funding is at a level that is “too low,” compared to
OTHER K-12 EDUCATION REFORMS
answering without having such information.
By a two-to-one margin, voters support the
GRADING AREA SCHOOLS
school choice policy financing tax-credit
scholarships (58% favor vs. 29% oppose).
Of those respondents giving a grade, Iowans are much
54% of Iowans favor school vouchers.
more likely to give grades A or B to private/parochial
Voters are twice as likely to support public
schools in their local areas, compared to nearby public
schools and charter schools.
charter schools (50% favor vs. 25% oppose).
Iowa K-12 & School Choice Survey
Braun Research, Inc. (BRI)
The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education (Iowa ACE)
June 24 to July 2, 2013
Live Telephone | 70% landline and 30% cell phone
12 minutes (average)
Dual Frame; Probability Sampling; Random Digit Dial
IOWA = 605
Eastern/Cedar Rapids = 262
Central/Des Moines = 229
Margins of Error:
IOWA = ± 4.0 percentage points
Eastern/Cedar Rapids = ± 6.1 percentage points
Central/Des Moines = ± 6.5 percentage points
Landline (LL) = 13.2%
Cell Phone = 11.7%
Yes (Age, Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Region, and
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