Support for charter schools and voucher programs is high among millennials, and especially high among minority millennials, according to a new poll released Tuesday.
The poll was conducted among 1,836 adults between the ages of 18-34 over the summer by GenForward as part of its bimonthly survey of millennials, which is administered by NORC at the University of Chicago. The data published Tuesday focused on how young people view education, probing respondents on three different questions related to school choice policies such as charter schools and vouchers.
"When we ask directly whether they support or oppose charter schools, we find that majorities of Millennials—especially Millennials of color—do support them," GenForward noted in its report.
Here's how USA Today summarized the poll's findings on charter schools:
Dig down a bit and you'll find that nearly two-thirds of African-Americans surveyed — 65% — support charter schools, as do 61% of Asian Americans and 58% of Latinos. Support was weakest among white respondents, but it still surpassed a majority at 55%.
GenForward also observed that its survey found "widespread support for vouchers—again, especially among Millennials of color—that would pay some of the tuition for students to attend private schools."
"Support for vouchers is especially high when those vouchers are targeted to low-income students," it continued.
Again, here's how USA Today broke down the data:
The new survey found that many millennials support publicly funded vouchers that help cover low-income students' tuition at private schools. The proposal is radioactive to most Democrats and teachers' unions, but GenForward found that the idea earns support from large majorities of millennials: 79% of African-American respondents, 76% of Asian Americans, 77% of Latinos and 66% of whites.
These numbers indicate proponents of school choice locally and in the supportive Trump administration, especially Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, likely have a receptive audience among young people to which they can pitch their policies going forward.
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.