Buried in a recent poll regarding Hoosier attitudes toward school choice and vouchers are some revealing numbers regarding Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and the upcoming election.
The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice recently polled more than 1,000 Hoosiers regarding choice and vouchers, but also asked about Ritz’s performance.
Ritz has frequently butted heads with Governor Mike Pence and Republican lawmakers over school choice, accountability and testing.
The poll showed 39.3% of respondents either strongly approved or somewhat approved of the job Ritz was doing. Slightly more than 24% either strongly or somewhat disapproved of her job performance. And 34.5% either had no opinion of Ritz or did not know who she was.
When it came to whether Ritz should be re-elected for the job, slightly fewer than 23% said they would support her re-election, 20.6% said they would vote Republican, four percent said they would vote Libertarian and 50.5 % were undecided.
And when asked whether a candidate’s support of vouchers and school choice would make a voter more or less likely to support them, 35% said more likely, 21% said less likely and nearly 38% said it didn’t make a difference.
The poll surveyed a statistically representative statewide sample of 1,002 Hoosiers between November 11-December 1, 2015 and has a margin of error of +/-3.1 percentage points.