Churchgoers, College Grads, Conservatives, Higher Paid Less Likely to Send Children to Public School

By Staff | August 31, 2017 | 4:59 PM EDT

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( - Parents who attend church weekly, have a college degree or higher, earn $75,000 per year or more, are a Republican or conservative are among the parents least likely to send their child to a public school, according to an analysis by Gallup.

By contrast, those who seldom or never attend church, have no religious preference, or have a household income of $30,000 or less are most likely to send their child to a public school, according to Gallup.

“Eighty-five percent of U.S. parents of school-aged children have a child in public school, while 9% send their child to private school, 3% send theirs to parochial school and 3% home-school,” said Gallup in its analysis. “Regular churchgoers, those with postgraduate education and upper-income adults are the least likely subgroups of parents to send their child to public school, while lower-income and nonreligious parents are the most likely.”

“Parents with a strong religious faith may want their children to attend a school where prayer is permitted and faith and morality are taught in addition to standard academic subjects,” said Gallup. “In contrast, parents who are not religious may more readily embrace the secular instruction that U.S. public schools provide.”

This is a screen capture of a chart from Gallup's analysis of what type of parent is more or less likely to send their child to a public school:

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