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Rural, Minority Texans Favor School Choice According to University of Houston Poll

A new poll from the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs indicates strong support for school choice in the Lone Star State, even among minorities and rural communities with fewer options.

Conducted in January 2023, the survey asked 1,200 respondents from across the state about taxpayer-funded vouchers that could be used to attend private or religious schools and tax credits for individuals and corporate donations that pay for private school scholarships.

According to results released Monday, 61 percent of Texans support educational vouchers for low-income families and 53 percent support vouchers for all families regardless of income.

Among black respondents, 78 percent said they support vouchers for low-income families and 65 percent support vouchers for all. Support was high among Latinos as well, with 64 percent in favor of vouchers for low-income parents and 54 percent in favor of vouchers for all parents.

Both minority groups also supported tax credits for school choice scholarships for low-income families with 79 percent of black and 63 percent of Latino respondents favoring the ...