U.S. adults are evenly divided on whether taxpayer dollars should be used to fund private schools that teach religion, according to a YouGov / Yahoo survey published Feb. 11.

Respondents to the early February survey were presented with the following question, “Should private schools that teach religion be allowed to receive taxpayer money in the form of state tuition assistance?”

Overall, a plurality (39%) said “no,” while 35% said “yes” and 26% were unsure.

Men (37%) were more likely than women (33%) to say, “yes,” while white respondents (38%) were more likely than Black (33%) or Hispanic (27%), and Republicans (56%) were more likely than Independents (31%) or Democrats (25%) to say “yes.”

Registered voters were evenly divided, with 40% saying “yes,” the same number saying “no” and 20% unsure. A plurality of unregistered respondents (42%) were unsure, while 38% said “no” and 20% “yes.”

Support for taxpayer funding for private schools that teach religion increased with age and income level.

Among 18-29-year-olds, 27% said “yes” compared to 33% of those aged 30-44, 36% of those aged 45-64 and 42% of 65-and-older respondents.

Support for such funding was lowest among respondents earning less than $50,000 a year (31%), increasing to 36% among those earning $50,000-100,000 and 44% of those making $100,000 or more.

The crosstab results are available here. The top-line results are available here. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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