REPORT: Support for Parental Rights Polls Off the Charts

Protecting children continues to be a strong platform
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Every since Governor Youngkin won his victory in Virginia, showing that a message of supporting parental rights in education can get moderates and Joe Biden voters to support a Republican candidate, it has been difficult to quantify how bipartisan parental rights truly are. The ouster of three progressive school board members in deep blue San Francisco provided more anecdotal evidence, but there was no statistical data. 

Until now.

Twelve years ago, my organization, ParentalRights.org, commissioned a Zogby poll surveying likely US voters, and asking them a simple question: “In general, parents have the constitutional right to make decisions for their children without government interference unless there is proof of abuse or neglect. Do you agree or disagree with this view of parental rights?”

The overwhelming majority—93.6%—either strongly agreed or somewhat agreed with this statement. 

But that was in 2010. In politics, and even in the life of our nation, twelve years can be a lifetime. So, what would that number be today?

Well, we’ve answered that question. The Parental Rights Foundation worked with Heart and Mind Strategies last month to ask a nationwide audience the very same question we asked in our 2010 Zogby poll. 

Overall, 83% of Americans still agree with the statement above, and 51% strongly agree, according to the survey. Only 10% disagree, with just 3% strongly disagreeing.  And only 6% are not sure. The full results can be found here. 

I find three main takeaways from the results of our survey: 

First, parental rights continue to be nearly universally supported. There are very few things that unite Trump voters and Biden voters. But the love of a mom for her child is something that unites us all. 

Second, and less optimistically, it does seem that support for parental rights is weakening, albeit slightly. Twelve years ago, this question received the support of almost 94% of likely US voters. Today that number is 83%. This gives me a sense of urgency when it comes to parental rights, particularly in the need for legislation that protects the fundamental right of parents – not bureaucrats – to make decisions concerning the care and raising of their children.

Third, we need to get the word out. A lot of spineless politicians talk about the importance of parents, but then chicken out when well-funded special interests get involved and urge them to vote against parents. They let us down when it counts. These politicians need to see the results of this survey. 

 

They need to remember that if we truly care about protecting children, then we need to stand together to empower parents.

Will Estrada
William A. Estrada is a husband, dad, attorney, and the President of ParentalRights.org and the Parental Rights Foundation, two nationwide nonprofits headquartered in Loudoun County, Virginia that have advocated at the local, state, and federal level for the last fifteen years to protect children by empowering parents.