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5. Do you think that we are spending too much money on public schools, too little money, or about the right amount of money on public schools?
Too much 10%
Too little 64%
About the right amount 22%
No answer/don't know 4%

6. Would you be willing to pay higher taxes to improve the public schools, or not?
Willing to pay higher taxes 59%
Not willing 38%
No answer/don't know 3%

7. How do public schools today compare to, say, 20 years ago? In your opinion, are they better, worse, or about the same as they were 20 years ago?
Better 26%
Worse 52%
Same 18%
No answer/don't know 5%

8. Do you think that the public schools overall are teaching students the skills they will need for our economy in the 21st century, or not?
Teaching skills they will need 38%
Not teaching them 57%
No answer/don't know 6%

9. Do you have any children in your household currently attending school, grades "K" thru grade 12?
Yes 36%
No 64%

10. Do any currently attend public schools? (Respondents: 323 out of 1,000)
Yes 86%
No 14%
No answer/don't know 1%
FROM: What Bill and Melinda Gates Want You to Know
Published on April 11, 2006

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