The poll of 329 African-American voters in Atlanta found that 83% supported providing “more choice in the public school system” including charter and magnet schools and career academies.
Just over half of the respondents said they viewed Atlanta’s charter schools favorably, while 20% said their opinion was unfavorable and 26% said they were not sure.
A majority of respondents also said that access to charter schools should be expanded but it should come with “tougher accountability rules.”
Atlanta Public Schools authorizes 18 charter schools. Those schools enrolled 9,467 students as of October, 2018, or about 18% of the district's total enrollment.
The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, has a margin of error of 5.4%.