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Education Update

Voters Say They Aren't Getting Their Money's Worth From Schools

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Even though few voters actually know how much the United States spends on education each year, they still don’t think they’re getting a good return on their investment.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just eight percent (8%) of Likely U.S. Voters correctly recognize that the United States spends an average of $11,000 per student per year on education, in line with surveys over the past two years. Forty-seven percent (47%) think it's less, with 11% who think the country spends as little as $3,000 per student. Eight percent (8%) think the country spends $13,000 per student per year, but over a third (36%) can't even hazard a guess. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 17-18, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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