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Almost half of Marion County voters think the county’s public education system is on the wrong track in a new survey for Indy Politics conducted by Mason Strategies. In addition, by a 55 percent to 40 percent majority, voters support school choice to let parents choose where to send their children.

The survey of 400 likely voters, conducted Aug 11-14, shows only 31 percent of respondents thought Marion County schools are on the right track. This dissatisfaction is held more by Republicans (57 percent) and Independents (51 percent), but also more Democrats feel schools are on the wrong track (44 percent) than the right track (35 percent)

There are no significant differences by age groups or by ethnicity; however, women are more negative as only 27 percent say public education is on the right track, compared to 36 percent of men.

Voters feel similarly about one specific school district, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). However, voters are split about public charter schools in Marion County with 34 percent saying they are on the right track and 37 saying wrong track, a statistical tie. While there were no significant difference in views of charter schools by age, gender, or even political affiliation, a majority of black voters (51 percent) are positive on charter schools, compared to 36 percent who say they’re on the wrong track.

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