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Americans support parent choice for in-school prayer

A new survey favors allowing parents to decide whether to send their children to schools that permit prayer, with support especially strong among parents with children.

A Rasmussen Reports survey of U.S. adults found that 76 percent of respondents think parents should be able to choose between sending children to a school that allows in-school prayer and a school that does not.

Thirteen percent said parents should not have that choice, while the rest were undecided.

Parents with children at home were slightly more likely to support giving parents a choice of schools with different prayer policies.

Men were somewhat more supportive of this choice than women, the Aug. 9-10 survey of 1,000 U.S. adults found.

Young people aged 18-39 were most supportive of allowing parental choice for schools that pray. Young respondents were ten percentage points more favorable to the proposal than middle aged and elderly cohorts.

Eighty-seven percent of Republicans favored the choice, compared to 68 percent of Democrats and 72 percent of unaffiliated voters.

A May survey by Rasmussen found that 58 percent of Americans favor prayer in school, while 31 percent are opposed.

The August survey found strong support for allowing parents to review textbooks their children will be using. A little over half of respondents believe textbooks are more concerned about "presenting information in a politically correct manner."

About 58 percent supported parental choice in sending children to schools that do or do not mandate school uniforms.

The survey found that most Americans rate U.S. public schools to be fair or poor, but parents have a high opinion of their child's school.

The survey claims a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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