Plenty of Parents Would Bribe if They Could

March 19, 2019

While many are shaming the parents caught up in the college admissions scandal, it may be the case that plenty of parents would have done the same thing (even if few would have the resources to do so). YouGov conducted a poll and found that parents of children up to age 18 were more likely than members of the general public to say they would commit the kinds of acts that led to 50 indictments. Just over one-third (34 percent) of parents said they would pay to have someone else take a standardized test on behalf of a child (compared to 20 percent of the general public). And 25 percent would pay a coach or admissions official to gain admissions for a child, compared to 16 percent of the public.

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