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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 Alabama 54% 39%
2 Alaska 60% 31%
3 Arizona 47% 39%
4 Arkansas 61% 31%
5 California 50% 39%
6 Colorado 61% 30%
7 Connecticut 63% 29%
8 Delaware 49% 41%
9 Florida 53% 35%
10 Georgia 55% 36%
11 Hawaii 38% 51%
12 Idaho 59% 36%
13 Illinois 59% 35%
14 Indiana 61% 32%
15 Iowa 72% 23%
16 Kansas 68% 25%
17 Kentucky 61% 32%
18 Louisiana 44% 47%
19 Maine 64% 29%
20 Maryland 56% 37%
21 Massachusetts 62% 29%
22 Michigan 66% 29%
23 Minnesota 67% 28%
24 Mississippi 58% 34%
25 Missouri 61% 33%
26 Montana 67% 29%
27 Nebraska 67% 26%
28 Nevada 41% 47%
29 New Hampshire 68% 26%
30 New Jersey 66% 28%
31 New Mexico 42% 52%
32 New York 53% 36%
33 North Carolina 53% 38%
34 North Dakota 78% 17%
35 Ohio 58% 37%
36 Oklahoma 60% 35%
37 Oregon 51% 41%
38 Pennsylvania 59% 34%
39 Rhode Island 49% 43%
40 South Carolina 50% 40%
41 South Dakota 71% 23%
42 Tennessee 52% 41%
43 Texas 60% 33%
44 Utah 58% 33%
45 Vermont 65% 28%
46 Virginia 68% 23%
47 Washington 60% 31%
48 West Virginia 58% 36%
49 Wisconsin 67% 28%
50 Wyoming 64% 29%
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.