Tuesday, October 19, 2004

The Smart Money

States Ranked: Smartest to Dumbest

The smartest state in the union for the second consecutive year is Massachusetts.
The dumbest, for the third year in a row, is New Mexico.

These are the findings of the Education State Rankings, a survey by Morgan Quitno Press of hundreds of public school systems in all 50 states. States were graded on a variety of factors based on how they compare to the national average. These included such positive attributes as per-pupil expenditures, public high school graduation rates, average class size, student reading and math proficiency, and pupil-teacher ratios. States received negative points for high drop-out rates and physical violence.
Next to each state, I've placed how the latest polls show them leaning in the presidential election:

1. MassachusettsStrong Kerry
2. ConnecticutWeak Kerry
3. VermontStrong Kerry
4. New JerseyStrong Kerry
5. WisconsinBarely Kerry
6. New YorkStrong Kerry
7. MinnesotaWeak Kerry
8. IowaExactly Tied
9. PennsylvaniaWeak Kerry
10. MontanaStong Bush
11. MaineBarely Kerry
12. VirginiaBarely Bush
13. NebraskaStrong Bush
14. New HampshireWeak Kerry
15. KansasStrong Bush
16. WyomingStrong Bush
17. IndianaStrong Bush
18. MarylandStrong Kerry
19. North DakotaStrong Bush
20. OhioBarely Bush
21. ColoradoWeak Bush
22. South Dakota Strong Bush
23. Rhode IslandStrong Kerry
24. IllinoisStrong Kerry
25. North CarolinaBarely Bush
26. MissouriBarely Bush
27. DelawareWeak Kerry
28. UtahStrong Bush
29. IdahoStrong Bush
30. WashingtonWeak Kerry
31. MichiganWeak Kerry
32. South CarolinaStrong Bush
33. TexasStrong Bush
34 West Virginia (tie w/Texas)Weak Bush
35. OregonWeak Kerry
36. ArkansasWeak Bush
37. Kentucky Strong Bush
38. GeorgiaStrong Bush
39. FloridaBarely Kerry
40. OklahomaStrong Bush
41. TennesseeStrong Bush
42. HawaiiStrong Kerry
43. CaliforniaWeak Kerry
44. AlabamaStrong Bush
45. AlaskaStrong Bush
46. LouisianaWeak Bush
47. MississippiWeak Bush
48. Arizona Weak Bush
49. Nevada Barely Kerry
50. New MexicoBarely Bush


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iowa today (10/20) has gone Barely Kerry, making nine of ten smarty states for Kerry.

11:50 AM  

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