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What a choice…

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Question mark, exclamation point“Would you prefer to give more money to school administrators or give parents vouchers to choose their children’s school?” the pollster asked me.

Is this what they mean by parental choice?

The other day I received a phone call from a polling agency regarding the upcoming mayoral and aldermanic race. The poll started out with some general questions about the mayoral candidates, not asking whom I was planning to vote for but whether I had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of each candidate.

Then the questions moved to aldermanic candidates in the 4th ward, where I live and where a number of people are vying for Toni Preckwinkle’s old seat.

Here’s where it got interesting.

The poll asked me about the candidates. It also asked me this question:

“Would you prefer to give more money to school administrators or give parents vouchers to choose their children’s school?”

I’m paraphrasing the second half of the question but not the first, which is word for word what they asked me.

So, what would you answer?

I am completely opposed to school vouchers, but the other choice doesn’t sound too great, either. I chose it anyway, but I know that many people would not.

Who commissioned this poll? Was it one of the 4th ward aldermanic candidates? Was it a mayoral candidate? Allowing for vouchers would require a change in state law, which neither the mayor of Chicago or an alderman would be voting for.

So, was this a ruse to ask a question biased in favor of school vouchers?

Whose poll was it, I wonder?

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