April 5, 2023

Poll: Strong Majority of Registered Florida Voters Want to Keep Income Eligibility Limits for K-12 Vouchers

A recent poll conducted on behalf of Florida Policy Institute (FPI) shows that 60% of registered voters in Florida want to keep income eligibility for K-12 vouchers, while only 34% want to lift the income eligibility completely so that very wealthy families can receive them.

The poll also found that a majority of voters from all political parties support keeping the income eligibility as-is, with 71% of Democrats, 52% of Republicans, and 59% of Independents in favor of maintaining the current eligibility requirement, which allows families earning up to $120,000 to utilize a voucher worth about $8,000. 

These results are particularly noteworthy given that on March 27, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law legislation that creates a universal voucher program for K-12 students in Florida, including home-schoolers and wealthier families. (The new law takes effect July 1, 2023.) Although lawmakers fast-tracked this legislation — which expands voucher eligibility to all K-12 families — through the committee process, Floridians across the political spectrum are in favor of maintaining current eligibility requirements.

“A strong majority of Florida voters support keeping income eligibility for K-12 vouchers,” said Sadaf Knight, CEO of FPI. “These results show that Floridians want policies that prioritize equity, rather than expanding subsidies to the wealthiest families. These poll results should serve as a wake-up call to lawmakers that they should be listening to the needs and priorities of their constituents and not diverting public funding to pay for the private school tuition costs of Florida’s wealthiest families.”

The poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida, surveyed 625 registered Florida voters by telephone from March 27-30, 2023. The margin of error is +/- 4%.

FPI is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing state policies and budgets that improve the economic mobility and quality of life for all Floridians.

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