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ESAs Win Support — April 2017 Poll

April 28, 2017


ESAs april 2017 poll

Our April 2017 poll asked about likely a new option in school choice: Education Savings Accounts. The key questions and responses are as follows:

Education Savings Accounts (or ESAs), involve the state placing government funds equal to a percentage of per pupil funding into an account for eligible families, and allows parents to use these funds to pay for their child’s education expenses, including; tuition, tutoring testing, fees and books. Would you say you would support or oppose an Education Savings Account program?

57%     Total Support

25%     Total Oppose


35%     Strongly Support

22%     Somewhat Support

8%       Somewhat Oppose

17%     Strongly Oppose

17%     Don’t Know/ Need More Information

If approved by the North Carolina State legislature, in your opinion, who should be eligible to receive ESA benefits?


38%     All students

8%       Students below the poverty level

7%       Students in high need populations such as special needs or at risk students

3%       Students attending failing schools

32%     A combination of the previous three choices

11%     Don’t Know/ None of the Above/ Other

2%       Refused


All questions and responses in this poll can be found here.

This poll surveyed 600 registered, likely voters (30% on cell phones) with a margin of error of +/- 4.00%. This survey was taken April 22-23, 2017.

For questions, or to arrange an interview, please contact Brooke Medina, communications director, at

Civitas has conducted live-caller voting in North Carolina since May 2005, and we are the only public policy organization offering statewide independent, nonpartisan data on a regular basis. Our polls have provided vital insights on what North Carolina voters think of the leaders and issues facing the state and nation.

Founded in 2005, the Civitas Institute is a Raleigh, NC-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit policy organization committed to advancing conservative ideas and shrinking the size of government. Civitas fights to eliminate government barriers to freedom so that North Carolinians can live a better life.

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