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Survey reveals Ohioans want more state support for schools

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 22, 2006) -- Most Ohioans give their schools good marks, but feel state support of schools is inadequate. That's the finding of a telephone survey of 717 randomly selected Ohio residents between Feb.12 and Feb. 17. The survey was designed and executed by political communication students at Ohio University using the Scripps Survey Research Center.

Respondents were asked to give a letter grade to schools in the district in which they live. Sixteen percent graded their schools with an A, 39 percent a B, 23 percent a C, 10 percent a D, four percent an F and eight percent don't know.

Sixty-seven percent said the state of Ohio is not providing enough support for schools, and 52 percent said Ohio's school funding is unfair or inequitable.

On local property taxes, respondents were almost evenly divided, with 44 percent saying they were about right and 40 percent saying they were too high. Seven percent said they were too low, and 9 percent had no opinion.

Republicans rated schools higher than Democrats and were less critical of finances. Seventeen percent of Republicans gave schools an A, and 46 percent gave schools a B, compared to 15 percent A and 37 percent B by Democrats.

Only 21 percent of Republicans said state support was too low, while 79 percent of the Democrats said it was too low. Fifty-two percent of the Republicans said property taxes were about right, while only 41 percent of the Democrats said so.

Sampling error for this survey is 4 percent. Completion rate was 64 percent.

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Media Contact: Director of Scripps Survey Research Guido Stempel, (740) 593-2609 or stempel@ohio.edu, or Media Relations Coordinator Jessica Stark, (740) 597-2938 or starkj@ohio.edu 

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