Poll shows strong support for education choice in Oklahoma

Destiny Christian School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is one of 209 private schools in the state serving more than 37,700 students. Destiny is an interdenominational school with an emphasis on fundamental biblical principles, developing a Christian worldview and Christian character.

A new survey of likely Republican voters in the Sooner State revealed that 73% of those polled support the concept of school choice.

Local media outlet News 9/News On 6 conducted the statewide poll of 383 Republicans, including voters who have changed their party affiliation to the GOP, asking:

“Thinking about education in Oklahoma, school choice gives parents the right to use tax dollars associated with their child’s education to send their child to the public or private school which better serves their needs. Generally speaking, do you support or oppose the concept of school choice?” 

Seventy-three percent of respondents said they support school choice, with 50% “strongly” supporting school choice. The findings mirror a recent EdChoice poll conducted by Morning Consult that showed most Oklahomans – Republicans, Democrats, and Independents – would choose something other than a “regular” public school for their children if given the option.

EdChoice also queried those surveyed on education savings accounts, asking:

“An education savings account in K–12 education—often called an ESA—establishes for parents a government-authorized savings account with restricted but multiple uses for educational purposes. Parents can then use these funds to pay for school tuition, tutoring, online education programs, therapies for students with special needs, textbooks or other instructional materials, and save for future college expenses. In general, what is your opinion of education savings accounts?” 

Seventy-seven percent of respondents who identified as parents and 68% of respondents overall indicated support for education savings accounts in the EdChoice poll.