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New poll shows sustained support for November charter amendment

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ATLANTA — Families for Better Public Schools (FBPS), the campaign to approve the public charter school constitutional amendment in November, today released a new poll that shows sustained support for the vote coming in less than 100 days.

In a poll of 400 likely general election voters last week, the campaign’s polling team found that 58 percent of Georgians support the amendment. This number matches exactly a poll taken four months ago.

“Public charter school parents, teachers and students will be thrilled to learn that Georgians continue to overwhelmingly favor the November vote,” FBPS Executive Director Mark Peevy said. “The support is evident across the board, among all partisan, age, gender and racial lines.”

Among Republican voters, the margin is 65-19 in support. Independents are one point stronger (66-19) and Democrats favor the amendment by a 46-33 margin. This is a far more accurate gauge of Democratic support than yesterday’s straw poll placed on Democratic primary ballots. Unlike yesterday’s question, the poll used the actual ballot language that will appear in November.

“Public charter schools are about opportunity, and we should make opportunity available to as many students as possible regardless of their zip code or neighborhood,” Peevy added. “Charters are succeeding because of increased parental involvement and children are thriving in educational settings that are designed to fit their needs.”

In addition to the results listed above, support is strong across age and gender lines as well. Voters under 55 (61-23) favor the amendment by a slightly wider margin than those over 55 (58-24), and men (64-20) and women (52-28) both support the vote by a large spread. A polling memo with a complete breakdown of the poll is attached to this release.

Families for Better Public Schools can be found on the web at www.bettergaschools.org and on Facebook at this link:  https://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Families-for-Better-Public-Schools/307417942687616 . The campaign’s Twitter handle is @BetterGASchools

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