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Magazine Poll Links Families With School Success

A Reader's Digest poll of 2,130 high school seniors concludes that students with strong families are more successful in school.

The poll, published in the magazine's October issue, found that 60 percent of students who shared meals with their families at least four times a week scored high on a special academic test. Only 42 percent of students whose families ate together three times a week or less scored well.

The poll quizzed a racially diverse group of seniors on several subjects, including math, science, literature, geography, history, and government. Most of the questions were drawn from federal testing programs.

Students living in households with two parents also had a "huge edge" in academic performance, the study found.

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