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April 8, 2011

New Jersey's African-Americans are more supportive of charter schools than their white counterparts, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll of registered voters, which showed 52 percent of blacks surveyed in favor of increasing the number of charters, compared with 44 percent of whites.

When asked whether they would send a child to a regular public school or a charter, 48 percent of blacks cited charters. Only 31 percent of whites would opt for charters, while 51 percent would choose public school.

Overall, respondents seemed pretty equally divided on the issue: 44 percent said they supported increasing the number of charter schools, while 42 percent said they were opposed.

Vouchers were less popular. In general, 53 percent of respondents oppose them, while 42 percent support. Again, the issue divided along racial lines, with 54 percent of African-Americans supporting vouchers, while 59 percent of whites opposed.

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