Private or Public schools?
Private schools provide a better overall learning environment than public schools according to a small percentage of Americans. In a Poll Position national scientific telephone survey, 47% said private schools have a better overall learning environment, 43% said public schools do, 10% had no opinion.
Differences on the question were significant along political and racial lines. Among Republicans, 66% chose private schools, 26% selected public schools, 8% did not have an opinion. Democratic opinion differed with 64% saying public schools provide a better overall learning environment, 29% chose private schools, 8% offered no opinion. Independents were closely divided with 44% choosing private schools, 42% selecting public schools, 14% did not have an opinion.
Whites favored private schools by 51% over the 40% who picked public schools, 10% did not have an opinion. African-Americans countered with 59% choosing public schools, 39% saying private schools provide a better overall learning environment, 5% offered no opinion.
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,155 registered voters nationwide was conducted January 05, 2012 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.
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