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In addition to this year's poll, the Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup polls in 1993 and 1995 also asked respondents whether they favored allowing parents to send their children to private schools using public money.

The question: Do you favor or oppose allowing students and parents to choose a private school to attend at public expense?

                     (figures are in percents)

             National     No Children     Public            Nonpublic 
             Totals       in School       School Parents    School Parents

             '93 '95 '96  '93 '95 '96     '93 '95 '96      '93  '95  '96 

Favor         24  33  36   21  30  33      27  38  39       45   44   60
Oppose        74  65  61   76  68  63      72  59  59       55   51   38
Don't Know     2   2   3    3   2   4       1   3   2        *    5    2

* Less than one half of 1 percent.

SOURCE: The 28th Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll.

The minimum order for reprints of this poll is 25 copies for $10, and additional copies are 25 cents each. Write to Phil Delta Kappa, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, Ind. 47402, or call (800) 766-1156.

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