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More Americans oppose school vouchers, says Gallup poll.

A majority of Americans are opposed to school vouchers and would not want their state lawmakers to adopt them, according to the latest Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll released in August.

The survey showed that the number of Americans opposing vouchers grew despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that vouchers used at religious schools do not violate the separation of church and state.

The 35th annual poll on attitudes toward public schools showed that only 38 percent of Americans favor the use of vouchers. That number dropped from 46 percent a year ago, PDK reported.

The poll showed that most Americans favor other strategies for improving public schools. For example, most said public school teachers' salaries are too low. The PDK/Gallup survey found that 59 percent say teacher salaries are insufficient, and 65 percent believe that higher salaries should be paid as an incentive for teaching in schools that need improvement.
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Title Annotation:In the Capital
Publication:Church & State
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2003
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