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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE
RHODE ISLAND K-12 & SCHOOL CHOICE SURVEY

PAYING ATTENTION TO K-12 EDUCATION

SELECTING A SCHOOL

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SURVEY PROFILE
Title:

Rhode Island K-12 & School Choice Survey

Survey Organization:

Braun Research, Inc. (BRI)

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Rhode Island Poll Highlights (2013)

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Rhode Island Poll Highlights (2013)

  1. 1. 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. SCHOOL VOUCHERS 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)
  2. 2. SURVEY PROFILE Title: Rhode Island K-12 & School Choice Survey Survey Organization: Braun Research, Inc. (BRI) Survey Sponsor: The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice Release Partner(s): Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity Interview Dates: June 24 to July 8, 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 (RDD) Population Samples: 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 Response Rates: Landline (LL) = 14.6% Cell Phone = 11.0% Weighting? Yes (Landline/Cell , Age, Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Region) Oversampling? No Project Contact: Paul DiPerna | Research Director |paul@edchoice.org

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