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Reform has published a new ICM poll showing that three-quarters of the public think that state education in the UK is in need of fundamental review. Half of voters think that real education reform based on school choice – with taxpayer funded choice of independent as well as state schools – would be a good idea, with only a quarter thinking that it would be a bad idea. Half of Labour voters think that it would be a good idea.
Young people – the group with the most recent experience of education – are the strongest supporters of school choice. 63 per cent of 18-24 year-olds think that the policy is a good idea, with only 15 per cent thinking that it would be a bad idea.
The poll’s key findings are:
ICM Research interviewed 1007 adults aged 18+ by telephone between 19-20th October 2005. Interviews were conducted across the country and the results have been weighted to the profile of all adults. ICM is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.PDF DOWNLOAD