State split on school vouchers, new MTSU poll finds

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 10:16am

Tennesseans are split on school vouchers, an MTSU poll finds, with 46 percent opposed to Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to use state funds at private schools. Forty percent support it and, given the poll's four percent margin of error, it is considered a "statistical dead heat" by the poll's director.

“Statewide, it’s too close to call,” said Ken Blake, director of the poll. “Opponents of the plan outnumbered supporters in our sample, but it’s unclear whether the same is true among all Tennesseans. They appear evenly, or nearly evenly, divided.”

When race is considered, however, the divisions become more pronounced. Sixty three percent of minorities favor vouchers, which would be targeted at poor children, while only 37 percent of whites favor the plan.

Perceptions of school quality differed by geography, as well. The counties surrounding Davidson, on average, gave their schools a "B" average while Metro Nashville residents rated their schools as only a "C."

The poll was conducted Feb. 11-19 by telephone and interviewed 650 randomly selected Tennessee adults.

4 Comments on this post:

By: ancienthighway on 2/26/13 at 12:04

Wait...46% polled oppose the plan, 40% polled support the plan, yet the director of the poll states supporters outnumber opponents in the sample? How can that be?

Truth be told, it matter not what Tennesseans want, the State is going to do what it wants.

By: scavendish on 2/26/13 at 12:45
The poll director was misquoted in the release. They corrected his quote and sent it to us and it is now reflected in the story.
By: BigPapa on 2/26/13 at 4:29

Which Haslam crony is going to open up a chain of private schools that operate just at the state reimbursement rate?

By: pswindle on 2/26/13 at 5:06

TN is not going to survive the The Haslam's reign. We do not have enough same people to stand upto the crazies that is now running our state. Haslam is being a wimp and just sitting there and letting the Rons and Beths run this state.