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Peter D. Hart Research Associates, 1998. "Of the following qualities, which one or two do you think are the most important for success in the workplace today?" Being willing to work hard, 40%; Taking initiative and being creative, 32%; Getting along well with co-workers and having a good personality, 30%; Having computer skills and experience, 26%; Having a college degree, 21%; Telling your boss what he or she wants to hear, 2%; All of these (volunteer), 8%; Not sure, 1%. Adds to more than 100% due to multiple responses.


Kids These Days '99 (Public Agenda, 1999), p. 7.


Lake, Snell, Perry and Associates, 1998. "Let me read you some areas people have given for federal government involvement and for each one please tell me, regardless of whether you favor or oppose the idea, if you think the federal government should play a very strong role in that area, somewhat strong role, not too strong of a role, or no role at all... Creating tax breaks to help parents pay for the cost of college education and post-high school training and related expenses in public education." Strong role, 61%; Somewhat strong role, 26%; Not strong role, 7%; No role at all, 6%


Hart and Teeter Research Companies, 1997. "For each of the following federal government programs, I would like to know how much you personally support this as a good use of your tax dollars. Do you support the college student loan program a great deal, a fair amount, just a little, or not at all?" A great deal, 56%; A fair amount, 28%; Just a little, 8%; Not at all, 6%; Not sure, 2%.


The 1993 survey asks about "public college and universities in your state." while the 1998 and 1999 surveys ask about "college and universities in your state." The 1999 survey provides "or don't you know enough to say" as an explicit answer choice, while the 1993 and 1998 surveys do not.


Good News, Bad News: What People Really Think about the Education Press (Public Agenda, 1997). Public Agenda presentation document to the Education Writers Association, p. 35. "Where do you get the most useful information about what's happening in the schools in your community?" News on TV, radio or newspapers, 40%; Conversations with people you know, 33%; Your own experiences and observations, 22%.


U.S. Census Bureau, Educational Attainment of Persons 15 Years Old and Over, by Age, Sex, Race and Hispanic Origin, March 1998.


"Reality Check 2000," Education Week, vol. XVIII, No. 43, February 16, 2000.


Center for Survey Research and Analysis, University of Connecticut, 1998. "I am going to read you a list of actions that the government might take to help workers or those looking for better jobs. For each one, please tell me whether you think that these actions are extremely important, very important, somewhat important, not very important, or not important at all… Provide financial assistance for people who want to go to college." Extremely important, 30%; Very important, 45%; Somewhat important, 18%; Not very important/not important at all, 6%; Don't know, 1%.


U.S. Census Bureau, Population Profile of the United States: 1997, Series P23-194 (U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1998), pp. 7, 44.


"Today, it is possible for people to take college classes over the Internet. Do you think this is a good idea for anyone, for no one, only for recent high school graduates, or only for older people who want college credits?" For anyone, 41%; For no one, 24%; Only for recent high school graduates, 4%; Only for older people, 20%; Don't know, 9%.


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