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Public Schools: Pass? Or Fail?
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Exact question wording: "If you were grading the public schools where you live, and you could give the public schools either a passing grade or a failing grade ... how would you grade the public schools where you live?"
# State Pass Fail
1 North Dakota 78% 17%
2 Iowa 72% 23%
3 South Dakota 71% 23%
4 Kansas 68% 25%
4 New Hampshire 68% 26%
6 Virginia 68% 23%
6 Minnesota 67% 28%
6 Montana 67% 29%
6 Nebraska 67% 26%
6 Wisconsin 67% 28%
11 Michigan 66% 29%
11 New Jersey 66% 28%
13 Vermont 65% 28%
14 Maine 64% 29%
14 Wyoming 64% 29%
16 Connecticut 63% 29%
17 Massachusetts 62% 29%
18 Arkansas 61% 31%
18 Colorado 61% 30%
18 Indiana 61% 32%
18 Kentucky 61% 32%
18 Missouri 61% 33%
23 Alaska 60% 31%
23 Oklahoma 60% 35%
23 Texas 60% 33%
23 Washington 60% 31%
27 Idaho 59% 36%
27 Illinois 59% 35%
27 Pennsylvania 59% 34%
30 Mississippi 58% 34%
30 Ohio 58% 37%
30 Utah 58% 33%
30 West Virginia 58% 36%
34 Maryland 56% 37%
35 Georgia 55% 36%
36 Alabama 54% 39%
37 Florida 53% 35%
37 New York 53% 36%
37 North Carolina 53% 38%
40 Tennessee 52% 41%
41 Oregon 51% 41%
42 California 50% 39%
42 South Carolina 50% 40%
44 Delaware 49% 41%
44 Rhode Island 49% 43%
46 Arizona 47% 39%
47 Louisiana 44% 47%
48 New Mexico 42% 52%
49 Nevada 41% 47%
50 Hawaii 38% 51%
Weighted Average 57% 35%
('Weighted Average' means each state is weighted proportionally to its share of USA population. For example, California, the most populated state, is given 71 times the weight of WY the least populated state, in a weighted avg.)
Unweighted Average 59% 34%
('Unweighted Average' means each state is given equal weight, or 1/50th of the total. Population density is not taken into account).
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600 adults age 18+ in each of the 50 states were interviewed 08/12/05 to 08/14/05 You must credit SurveyUSA of Verona NJ if you broadcast, print, or cite these results in whole or part. Click on each state to open link which contains the margin of sampling error for each state, a complete statement of methodology and fully crosstabbed data.