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Education and Families

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A majority of student loan borrowers who have not completed their degree say they have delayed at least one major life event due to their loan debt.

Married people are more likely to be thriving in their wellbeing than adults who have never married, are divorced or are living with a domestic partner.

Social & Policy Issues

LGBT Americans are more interested than non-LGBT adults in fostering or adoption, and are facing discrimination as a major barrier, reveals a 2023 Kidsave-Gallup study.

Americans' lessened confidence in society's institutions and norms may affect society's ability to deal with crucial external and internal threats.

A Gallup and Learning Heroes study shows that U.S. parents rely on grades to gauge their kids' success, but tests show racial gaps in actual performance.

Trends measuring Americans' values need to be analyzed in the context of differences in question wording and changes in methodology.

Demystifying U.S. foster care -- especially eligibility requirements and the experience of mentoring or parenting a foster child -- could boost mentorship and foster/adoptive parenting.

Learn about the perceptions of and barriers to foster care and adoption, especially among Black Americans.

Almost nine in 10 parents believe their child is at or above grade level, but other academic measures tell a different story.

Discover parents' perceptions of their children's academic progress.

Despite declining fertility and marriage rates, Americans want to have children and to be married.

Black adults are more likely than adults of other racial backgrounds to consider providing foster care, but they have less trust in the foster care system overall.

Social & Policy Issues

Black Americans continue to report less favorable attitudes than White adults toward policing, and interest in major police reform has also been steadily higher among Black adults.

As the world's newly minted most populous country looks to the future, Gallup data show that young Indians are more hopeful than they have been in most years.

Americans' satisfaction with the quality of K-12 education in the U.S. has fallen to match the lowest point on record, but parents of K-12 students are largely satisfied with the quality of their child's education.

Thirty-eight percent of U.S. parents of K-12 children fear for their child's physical safety at school. While down slightly from last year, the reading still ranks among the highest in the past two decades.

Americans with at least some postsecondary education are about twice as likely to volunteer their time as those with no education after high school.

Three in four U.S. college students (76%) enjoyed their day, but 66% faced stress, 51% dealt with worry, 39% experienced loneliness, and 36% felt sadness.

Social & Policy Issues

Americans broadly support race-related history and current events in U.S. schools amid discussions on racism in K-12 curricula.

The new Gallup and Walton Family Foundation-State of American Youth Survey sheds light on how students in grades 5-12 would evaluate different aspects of their schools.