Funding | December 12, 2023

Major⁠i⁠⁠t⁠y of M⁠i⁠ss⁠i⁠ss⁠i⁠pp⁠i⁠ans suppor⁠t⁠ more educa⁠t⁠⁠i⁠on freedom ⁠i⁠n ⁠t⁠he Magnol⁠i⁠a S⁠t⁠a⁠t⁠e

A new statewide poll in Mississippi finds that almost 8 in 10 (79%) voters support school choice, with 63% strongly in support.

Support is high across the political spectrum: Republicans-84%, Independents-80%, Democrats-73%.

In addition, Mississippians support education savings accounts (ESAs), with almost three-quarters (73%) expressing support, and a near majority (49%) expressing strong support. Moreover, 71% of voters believe the program should be available to all families rather than limited to low-income families.

Nearly 3 in 4 (73%) parents express interest in an ESA for a child in their household. By an overwhelming 7-to-1 margin, Mississippi voters are more likely to vote for a legislator if they support expanding ESAs in the state (49% more likely versus 7% less likely).

The poll also finds that Mississippians are supportive (73% support) of open enrollment, where families across the state could choose any public school for their child’s education.

“Families in Mississippi are looking for more education freedom,” yes. every kid. foundation. Vice President Matt Frendewey said. “Families clearly support every student across the state having equal access to a publicly funded education that meets their individual needs. This is a necessary next step if Mississippi hopes to build on the education advancements the state has seen over the past few years–by giving families the freedom they deserve.”

The poll was conducted by Arc Insights from November 30 – December 3, 2023. It surveyed 600 registered voters across Mississippi and has a margin of error of ±4.0%.