Public Agenda

Are We Beginning to See the Light?

Full Survey Results


Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q1. Thinking about the U.S. economy, what do you think is the most important thing the United States can do to make sure its economy is healthy. Please tell me the first thing that comes to mind. (Only top responses are listed.)
Create more/better paying jobs 37% 35%
Need healthcare/healthcare insurance/reform 10% 8%
Stop spending/giving money 6% 7%
Taxes 6% 7%
Need better education system 6% 5%
Don't know 10% 11%



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q2. Thinking now about job opportunities for people where you live, would you say there are plenty of good jobs available or are good jobs difficult to find?
Plenty of good jobs available 11% 8%
Good jobs are difficult to find 83% 84%
Lots of some jobs, few of others (Vol.) 3% 4%
Don't know 2% 4%

There is no Q3



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q4. And are there more jobs available for people who have good math and science skills than there are other jobs, are there fewer jobs for people who have good math and science skills than other jobs, or are there about the same number of jobs available for people with strong math and science skills as there are other jobs?
More math/science jobs 33% 31%
Other jobs 13% 15%
About the same number of jobs 44% 40%
Don't know 10% 13%



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
QD5. Does your job require you to use a lot, a little or no math at all? [Base: Asked of those employed full- or part-time]
A lot 33% 36%
A little 56% 53%
None 11% 10%
Don't know - 1%



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q5. Do you think the most pressing problems facing the high schools in your local community more likely come from...?
Social problems and kids who misbehave 63% 56%
Low academic standards and outdated curricula 27% 31%
Don't know 9% 13%



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q6. Suppose your community got extra money to spend on its schools and you were asked to help decide how to spend that money. Would you prefer the money go toward...?
Reducing class size 35% 33%
Making pre-school available to all children 15% 15%
Improving math and science education 28% 27%
Paying teachers more 19% 20%
Don't know 3% 5%



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q7. Would you say that generally speaking, the schools in your community are doing a good job preparing students for the following?
For college level ENGLISH courses?
Doing a good job preparing students 55% 46%
They need to be doing a lot better 38% 43%
Don't know 7% 11%
For college level MATH courses?
Doing a good job preparing students 52% 45%
They need to be doing a lot better 41% 45%
Don't know 7% 10%
To be successful as adults?
Doing a good job preparing students 53% 44%
They need to be doing a lot better 41% 48%
Don't know 6% 8%
For college level SCIENCE courses?
Doing a good job preparing students 50% 44%
They need to be doing a lot better 41% 45%
Don't know 10% 11%



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q8. Here are some things the schools may or may not need to teach students before they are done with high school and go out into the real world. Do you think this is absolutely essential, important but not essential or not important (for schools to teach students)?
Basic reading and writing skills
Absolutely essential 90% 91%
Important, but not essential 9% 8%
Not important 1% 1%
Basic math skills
Absolutely essential 87% 87%
Important, but not essential 13% 12%
Not important 1% 1%
Being able to work well as part of a team
Absolutely essential 80% 74%
Important, but not essential 19% 24%
Not important 1% 2%
Basic scientific ideas and principles
Absolutely essential 60% 56%
Important, but not essential 36% 38%
Not important 3% 4%
Being able to use concepts taught in algebra
Absolutely essential 55% 50%
Important, but not essential 40% 41%
Not important 4% 7%
Knowing how to speak a foreign language
Absolutely essential 36% 31%
Important, but not essential 49% 52%
Not important 14% 16%
Understanding advanced sciences, like physics
Absolutely essential 31% 28%
Important, but not essential 55% 56%
Not important 12% 13%
Advanced math, like calculus
Absolutely essential 28% 26%
Important, but not essential 58% 54%
Not important 12% 17%



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q9. In your own words, what does the phrase "21st century skills" mean to you? Just tell me the first thing that comes to mind.
Computer literacy 27% 27%
Technology/More technologically savvy 24% 20%
Having a better education 8% 11%
Other 8% 10%
Communication and teamwork skills 5% 5%
Innovation/Modernization 6% 5%
Reading & writing skills 2% 5%
Math/Math literacy 3% 5%
More & better job skills 2% 4%
Being able to adapt & compete in a global environment 4% 4%
Science/Science literacy 3% 3%
More skills (general) 4% 3%
No/None/Nothing 3% 3%
Electronics 2% 2%
Survival & life skills 1% 1%
English/English literacy * 1%
Having better problem solving/critical thinking skills 1% 1%
Don't know 14% 13%



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q10. Thinking about the schools in your community, as far as you know who is responsible for setting the academic standards? Is it...
The school district, 32% 32%
The state, or 49% 47%
Is it set by the federal government? 11% 11%
Don't know 7% 10%



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q11. Would you say the standards in your local schools are higher than the standards of most of the United States, lower than the standards of most of the United States, or about the same? [Base: Asked of those who said that the school district or the state were responsible for academic standards]
Higher 28% 26%
Lower 18% 18%
About the same 51% 52%
Don't know 3% 4%



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q10A. Thinking more specifically about your child, do you think that his/her school should be teaching him/her a lot more math and science, less, or are things fine as they are? [Base: Asked of parents with K-12 grade children]
More math and science 45% --
Less math and science 2% --
Things are fine as is 52% --
Don't know 1% --



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q10B. Do you think the public schools should be teaching children a lot more math and science, less, or are things fine as they are? [Base: Asked of those who are not parents of K-12 grade children]
More math and science -- 68%
Less math and science -- 1%
Things are fine as is -- 26%
Don't know -- 5%



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q11K. Please tell me if you think the following statements are true or false. If you don't know, please tell me. Would you say the following is true or false?
In order to teach science in high school you have to have either majored in science or passed a test that shows you are qualified to teach it.
TRUE 77% 78%
FALSE 13% 13%
Don't know 10% 9%
Most students studying math in middle and high school are taught by teachers who either majored in math or passed a test that shows they are qualified to teach it.
TRUE 75% 71%
FALSE 15% 19%
Don't know 10% 10%
The majority of students who finish a graduate program in engineering in the United States are from other countries.
TRUE 58% 52%
FALSE 27% 30%
Don't know 16% 17%
On nationwide tests, most eighth graders score "proficient" or better in math.
TRUE 41% 35%
FALSE 44% 47%
Don't know 15% 18%



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q12. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements:
Students with advanced math and science skills will have a big advantage when it comes to college opportunities.
Strongly agree 67% 66%
Somewhat agree 21% 22%
Somewhat disagree 7% 8%
Strongly disagree 3% 2%
Don't know 2% 2%
Even if students don't use advanced math and science after school, the subjects can teach them critical thinking skills that will help them following graduation.
Strongly agree 63% 63%
Somewhat agree 25% 26%
Somewhat disagree 6% 4%
Strongly disagree 4% 4%
Don't know 3% 3%
In the future, there will be a lot more jobs that require advanced math and science skills.
Strongly agree 53% 54%
Somewhat agree 31% 30%
Somewhat disagree 8% 8%
Strongly disagree 5% 5%
Don't know 3% 4%
Too many students today are not really learning basic math.
Strongly agree 43% 48%
Somewhat agree 29% 25%
Somewhat disagree 14% 12%
Strongly disagree 11% 9%
Don't know 4% 6%
The U.S. economy would improve if many more students had college degrees.
Strongly agree 43% 40%
Somewhat agree 24% 21%
Somewhat disagree 18% 22%
Strongly disagree 12% 13%
Don't know 3% 4%
It is more important for students to graduate high school with strong reading and writing skills than it is to have strong math and science skills.
Strongly agree 39% 38%
Somewhat agree 26% 26%
Somewhat disagree 19% 17%
Strongly disagree 11% 12%
Don't know 5% 7%
Many more companies would move into your area if it had a reputation for workers with great science and math skills.
Strongly agree 29% 31%
Somewhat agree 24% 23%
Somewhat disagree 23% 20%
Strongly disagree 17% 17%
Don't know 8% 9%



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q13. Do you think that ability in math and science is something kids are mostly born with, or is it mostly something kids can learn in school and develop with experience?
Something kids are mostly born with 14% 13%
Something kids can learn in school and develop with experience 80% 81%
Don't know 5% 5%



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q14. There are many reasons that students might do poorly in math and science. Of these two statements, please tell me which better explains why students may do poorly in math and science.
There are not enough really good math and science teachers 31% 33%
Students think the subject is irrelevant to their lives 61% 58%
Neither 4% 4%
Don't know 4% 6%



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q15. Which comes closer to your view, even if neither is exactly right?
Elementary schools need to focus more on science; children need to understand basic scientific principles before they enter 6th grade 31% 28%
It is more important for elementary school students to focus on reading, writing and mathematics, there is plenty of time to learn science in middle and high school 65% 68%
Don't know 5% 4%



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q16. Please tell me how much each of the following would improve math and science education in your local schools. Would you say that this would improve math and science education a lot, a little or would it do nothing at all?
Have local businesses provide internships and other business partnership programs, so high school students can gain practical job skills
A lot 69% 71%
A little 24% 22%
Nothing at all 5% 5%
Don't know 2% 3%
Requiring all students to take four years of math in high school
A lot 68% 68%
A little 23% 22%
Nothing at all 6% 8%
Don't know 1% 2%
Requiring students who are struggling with math or science to spend extra time after school or during the summer to catch up
A lot 59% 61%
A little 32% 28%
Nothing at all 9% 10%
Don't know 1% 2%
Putting math and science ideas in television, video games and other media directed towards children
A lot 61% 60%
A little 30% 29%
Nothing at all 8% 9%
Don't know * 2%
Attracting better math and science teachers by providing full college scholarships to people who major in math or science and agree to teach these subjects in public school for at least five years
A lot 58% 60%
A little 32% 29%
Nothing at all 7% 7%
Don't know 3% 4%
Requiring all high school students to take a science class that includes lab work
A lot 55% 59%
A little 35% 31%
Nothing at all 9% 8%
Don't know 1% 2%
Requiring all students to take four years of science
A lot 56% 54%
A little 33% 32%
Nothing at all 9% 10%
Don't know 2% 4%
Requiring all 8th grade students to take algebra
A lot 55% 54%
A little 31% 30%
Nothing at all 12% 13%
Don't know 2% 3%
Establishing a national curriculum in MATH so that schools everywhere teach the same topics
A lot 52% 53%
A little 31% 27%
Nothing at all 15% 16%
Don't know 3% 3%
Requiring students to pass challenging tests in math and science in order to graduate
A lot 48% 50%
A little 34% 31%
Nothing at all 16% 16%
Don't know 1% 3%
Grouping fast learners together in one class and slower learners together in another
A lot 46% 49%
A little 26% 24%
Nothing at all 25% 24%
Don't know 3% 3%
Establishing a national curriculum in SCIENCE so that schools everywhere teach the same topics
A lot 50% 48%
A little 31% 30%
Nothing at all 16% 18%
Don't know 3% 4%
Requiring all high school students to take at least one engineering class
A lot 44% 39%
A little 38% 38%
Nothing at all 15% 20%
Don't know 3% 4%
A science fair held by schools nationwide, and winning students will get to visit the White House
A lot 39% 36%
A little 38% 37%
Nothing at all 22% 25%
Don't know 1% 3%
Allowing experts in math and science to teach in public schools, even if they do not have a teaching certificate
A lot 36% 36%
A little 34% 30%
Nothing at all 25% 29%
Don't know 5% 5%
Paying math and science teachers more than English and social studies teachers because those positions are hardest to fill
A lot 28% 27%
A little 35% 31%
Nothing at all 33% 38%
Don't know 3% 5%

There is no Q17

There is no Q18



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q19. How likely is it that your child will attend college after graduating high school? Would you say that it is...? [Base: Asked of parents with K-12 grade children]
Very likely 73% --
Somewhat likely 21% --
Not too likely 1% --
Not at all likely 2% --
Don't know 2% --



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q20. When your child graduates from high school, will he/she have the skills needed to succeed in the WORKPLACE, will he/she lack these skills, or are you not sure? [Base: Asked of parents with K-12 grade children]
Yes, child will have skills to succeed in the work world 69% --
No, child will not 5% --
Not sure 24% --
Don't know 2% --



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q21. When your child graduates from high school, will he/she have the college-level MATH skills needed to succeed in COLLEGE, or will he/she lack these skills or are you not sure? [Base: Asked of parents with high school children likely to attend college]
Yes, child will have skills to succeed in college 62% --
No, child will not 5% --
Not sure 17% --
Don't know 2% --



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q22. When your child graduates from high school, will he/she have the college-level SCIENCE skills needed to succeed in COLLEGE, or will he/she lack these skills or are you not sure? [Base: Asked of parents with high school children likely to attend college]
Yes, child will have skills to succeed in college 61% --
No, child will not 7% --
Not sure 18% --
Don't know 1% --



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q23. Would you say your child does better in math, in English, or about equal in both subjects? [Base: Asked of parents with K-12 grade children]
Math 29% --
English 16% --
Equal in both 52% --
Don't know 2% --



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q24. And which subject would you say your child enjoys more - math, English, or both equally? [Base: Asked of parents with K-12 grade children]
Math 35% --
English 30% --
Equal in both 30% --
Don't know 5% --



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q25. Do you think that with the right math teacher your child will ever be as good in math as in English or do you think that your child will always be better in English than in math? [Base: Asked of parents with K-12 grade children who do better in English]
Math 20% --
English 41% --
Equal in both 32% --
Don't know 6% --



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q26. Do you think that with the right English teacher your child will ever be as good in English as in math, or do you think that your child will always be better in Math than in English? [Base: Asked of parents with K-12 grade children who do better in math]
Math 61% --
English 13% --
Equal in both 22% --
Don't know 4% --



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q27A(1). And would you say your child is better at science than at Math? [Base: Asked of parents with K-12 grade children who did better in Math than English]
Math 69% --
English or Reading/Writing 6% --
Science 15% --
Don't know 11% --



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q27A(2). And would you say your child is better at science than at English? [Base: Asked of parents with K-12 grade children who did better in English than Math]
Math 6% --
English or Reading/Writing 70% --
Science 20% --
Don't know 5% --



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q28. In general, do you think the MATH your child is learning is harder, easier or about the same as when you were in school? [Base: Asked of parents with K-12 grade children]
Harder 61% --
Easier 8% --
About the same 26% --
Don't know 4% --



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q29. In general, do you think the SCIENCE your child is learning is harder, easier or about the same as when you were in school? [Base: Asked of parents with K-12 grade children]
Harder 49% --
Easier 8% --
About the same 38% --
Don't know 5% --



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q30. Keeping in mind there is a limited amount of time in the school day, do you think the elementary school should be teaching your child a lot more of the following, should there be less emphasis, or is he/she learning enough as is? [Base: Asked of parents with elementary school children]
Computer and technology skills
More 59% --
Less 3% --
The same 32% --
Course is not offered / not necessary 2% --
Don't know * --
Reading and writing skills
More 54% --
Less * --
The same 41% --
Course is not offered / not necessary * --
Don't know 1% --
Hands-on science activities
More 52% --
Less 4% --
The same 38% --
Course is not offered / not necessary 1% --
Don't know 1% --
Handwriting and penmanship
More 52% --
Less 3% --
The same 40% --
Course is not offered / not necessary 1% --
Don't know * --
Learning how to cooperate, share and work with other classmates
More 50% --
Less 1% --
The same 45% --
Course is not offered / not necessary * --
Don't know * --
General math concepts like estimation and word problems
More 49% --
Less 3% --
The same 40% --
Course is not offered / not necessary 4% --
Don't know 1% --
Basic math like multiplication and long division
More 49% --
Less 3% --
The same 36% --
Course is not offered / not necessary 8% --
Don't know 1% --
Physical education
More 41% --
Less 4% --
The same 49% --
Course is not offered / not necessary 1% --
Don't know * --
Social studies and geography
More 39% --
Less 3% --
The same 50% --
Course is not offered / not necessary 3% --
Don't know 1% --
Art or music
More 34% --
Less 10% --
The same 49% --
Course is not offered / not necessary 2% --
Don't know * --



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q31. Keeping in mind there is a limited amount of time in the school day, do you think the high school should be teaching your child a lot more of the following, should there be less emphasis, or is he/she learning enough as is? [Base: Asked of parents with middle or high school children]
Computer programming
More 65% --
Less 3% --
The same 27% --
Course is not offered / not necessary * --
Don't know 1% --
Practical math skills like figuring out sales tax and balancing a checkbook
More 65% --
Less 3% --
The same 26% --
Course is not offered / not necessary 1% --
Don't know 1% --
Teaching students to work well as part of a team
More 62% --
Less 2% --
The same 29% --
Course is not offered / not necessary 1% --
Don't know 1% --
Basic reading and writing skills
More 55% --
Less 1% --
The same 38% --
Course is not offered / not necessary * --
Don't know 1% --
Basic engineering principles
More 52% --
Less 5% --
The same 32% --
Course is not offered / not necessary 3% --
Don't know 3% --
Basic scientific ideas and principles
More 51% --
Less 4% --
The same 40% --
Course is not offered / not necessary * --
Don't know 1% --
Statistics and probability
More 49% --
Less 7% --
The same 35% --
Course is not offered / not necessary 2% --
Don't know 3% --
Concepts taught in algebra
More 47% --
Less 6% --
The same 41% --
Course is not offered / not necessary 1% --
Don't know 1% --
Foreign language skills
More 45% --
Less 9% --
The same 39% --
Course is not offered / not necessary 1% --
Don't know 1% --
Civics and social studies
More 45% --
Less 5% --
The same 43% --
Course is not offered / not necessary 1% --
Don't know 2% --
Advanced sciences, like physics
More 42% --
Less 7% --
The same 41% --
Course is not offered / not necessary 3% --
Don't know 2% --
Advanced math, like calculus
More 42% --
Less 7% --
The same 39% --
Course is not offered / not necessary 4% --
Don't know 4% --
Fine arts, such as painting, music and drama
More 40% --
Less 10% --
The same 42% --
Course is not offered / not necessary 2% --
Don't know 2% --
Sports and physical education
More 34% --
Less 9% --
The same 50% --
Course is not offered / not necessary - --
Don't know 2% --



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q32. Keeping in mind the fixed budget that schools operate on, do you think the schools should SPEND more, less or about the same on the following? [Base: Asked of parents with K-12 grade children unless otherwise noted]
Having science labs that are up-to-date and well-equipped [Base: Asked of parents with middle or high school children only]
More 70% --
Less 1% --
The same 22% --
Course is not offered / not necessary 1% --
Don't know 1% --
Having materials and equipment for students to practice hands-on learning in science [Base: Parents with elementary school children only]
More 69% --
Less 4% --
The same 22% --
Course is not offered / not necessary * --
Don't know 1% --
Having equipment that can help students learn all the newest and most important computer and other advanced technology skills
More 68% --
Less 6% --
The same 25% --
Course is not offered / not necessary - --
Don't know * --
Hiring teachers who are highly knowledgeable about teaching math
More 65% --
Less 3% --
The same 31% --
Course is not offered / not necessary - --
Don't know 2% --
Hiring teachers who are highly knowledgeable about teaching science
More 62% --
Less 5% --
The same 32% --
Course is not offered / not necessary - --
Don't know 2% --
Hiring teachers who are highly knowledgeable about teaching reading and writing
More 61% --
Less 4% --
The same 34% --
Course is not offered / not necessary - --
Don't know 1% --



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q33. For each that I read, please tell me if you agree or disagree with the following statement:
It is very important to me that my child takes some advanced math classes in high school [Base: Asked of parents with K-12 grade children]
Strongly agree 60% --
Somewhat agree 24% --
Somewhat disagree 10% --
Strongly disagree 4% --
Don't know 2% --
It is very important to me that my child takes some advanced science classes in high school [Base: Asked of parents with K-12 grade children]
Strongly agree 54% --
Somewhat agree 27% --
Somewhat disagree 11% --
Strongly disagree 6% --
Don't know 3% --
Most good colleges expect students to have advanced math and science courses like calculus or physics on their high school transcripts [Base: General public]
Strongly agree 45% 40%
Somewhat agree 32% 28%
Somewhat disagree 12% 16%
Strongly disagree 5% 10%
Don't know 7% 7%
My child's school has classes in technology, engineering or other applied math and science subjects [Base: Asked of parents with middle or high school children]
Strongly agree 37% --
Somewhat agree 33% --
Somewhat disagree 10% --
Strongly disagree 8% --
Don't know 8% --
It would make my job or everyday life easier if I knew more advanced math and science [Base: General public]
Strongly agree 35% 30%
Somewhat agree 27% 26%
Somewhat disagree 18% 20%
Strongly disagree 18% 21%
Don't know 3% 3%
For what my child wants to do with their career they really only need to know basic math skills [Base: Asked of parents with K-12 grade children]
Strongly agree 22% --
Somewhat agree 14% --
Somewhat disagree 15% --
Strongly disagree 37% --
Don't know 12% --
My child would be really unhappy if they ended up in a job or career that required doing a lot of math or science. [Base: Asked of parents with K-12 grade children]
Strongly agree 19% --
Somewhat agree 12% --
Somewhat disagree 23% --
Strongly disagree 32% --
Don't know 13% --
I worry that some of what the schools are teaching in science may not be compatible with my religious beliefs [Base: General public]
Strongly agree 18% 19%
Somewhat agree 14% 13%
Somewhat disagree 19% 19%
Strongly disagree 44% 43%
Don't know 5% 6%
I know my child will not have a career that involves advanced math and science [Base: Asked of parents with K-12 grade children]
Strongly agree 18% --
Somewhat agree 13% --
Somewhat disagree 19% --
Strongly disagree 31% --
Don't know 19% --



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Q34. In the last school year, what were most of your child(ren)'s grades? [Base: Asked of parents with K-12 grade children]
A 51% --
B 36% --
C 7% --
D or below 1% --
Don't know 4% --



Parents (n=646) All respondents (n=1406)
Characteristics of the sample
Gender
Male 48% 49%
Female 52% 51%
Age
18-24 8% 13%
25-34 24% 18%
35-44 40% 19%
45-54 21% 19%
55-64 5% 14%
65+ 2% 17%
Marital status
Married 75% 61%
Living as married 5% 3%
Divorced 6% 7%
Separated 5% 3%
Widowed 2% 8%
Never married/Single 8% 19%
Don't know - 1%
Current Employment
Full-time 69% 51%
Part-time 11% 12%
Retired 3% 20%
Not employed 11% 12%
Homemaker 4% 3%
Student 1% 2%
Disabled 1% 1%
Don't know - -
Education
None, or grade 1-8 3% 2%
High school incomplete 7% 7%
High school graduate 35% 35%
Business, technical, or vocational school AFTER high school 4% 4%
Some college, no 4-year degree 22% 24%
College graduate 20% 17%
Post-graduate training or professional schooling 8% 10%
Don't know 1% 1%
Annual household income
Under $15,000 5% 8%
$15,000 to under $25,000 11% 11%
$25,000 to under $35,000 17% 16%
$35,000 to under $50,000 17% 16%
$50,000 to under $75,000 20% 16%
$75,000 or more 19% 19%
Don't know 3% 4%
Race
White 55% 69%
Black/African-American 16% 12%
Asian 5% 4%
Hispanic 21% 13%
Other or mixed race 3% 2%
Political identification
Republican 24% 27%
Democrat 39% 35%
Independent 24% 26%
Something else 6% 7%
Don't know 5% 3%
Religious preference or identification
Protestant 52% 57%
Roman Catholic 29% 23%
Orthodox Christian 4% 3%
Jewish 2% 1%
Muslim 1% 1%
Hindu 1% 1%
Buddhist * 1%
Other religion 2% 1%
No religion, not a believer, atheist, agnostic [VOL] 7% 10%
Don't know 3% 3%
Born-again or Evangelical Christian [among Protestants, Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians]
Yes 42% 41%
No 57% 57%
Households with children under 18
Household with child 93% 36%
Other 7% 64%
Child's gender [in households with K-12 grade children]
Male 54% 54%
Female 44% 44%
Child's school [in households with K-12 grade children]
Elementary school 48% 48%
Middle/Junior High School 17% 17%
High School 31% 31%
Not applicable 4% 4%
Don't know * 1%