Texas voters continue to support school choice in Texas, according to a new poll.
This is even as recent efforts to create a school choice program have been repeatedly killed in the Texas House.
The poll, conducted by the University of Texas and the Texas Politics Project, shows that 54 percent of respondents said they support “establishing a voucher, education savings account (ESA), or other ‘School Choice Program’ in Texas.” While 32 percent were opposed, 14 percent were unsure.
The support was even higher among Republicans.
The poll shows that school choice enjoys 71 percent support among Republican voters, with only 16 percent opposed.
School choice is a priority of Gov. Greg Abbott, as well as the Republican Party of Texas. However, last month 21 Republicans voted with Democrats to strip a school choice proposal out of a school spending bill in the Texas House.
While several of those Republicans are not seeking re-election, those that are find themselves with primary challenges. Abbott has begun endorsing against incumbent Republicans who opposed school choice. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says he will do the same.