Iowa Poll Highlights (2013)

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Iowa Poll Highlights (2013)

  1. 1. 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 universal eligibility. 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).
  2. 2. SURVEY PROFILE Title: Iowa K-12 & School Choice Survey Survey Organization: Braun Research, Inc. (BRI) Survey Sponsor: The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice Release Partner(s): Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education (Iowa ACE) Interview Dates: June 24 to July 2, 2013 Interview Method: Live Telephone | 70% landline and 30% cell phone Interview Length: 12 minutes (average) Language(s): English Sample Frame: Registered Voters Sampling Method: Dual Frame; Probability Sampling; Random Digit Dial Population Samples: 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 Response Rates: Landline (LL) = 13.2% Cell Phone = 11.7% Weighting? Yes (Age, Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Region, and Landline/Cell) Oversampling? No Project Contact: Paul DiPerna | Research Director |paul@edchoice.org

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