A new poll indicates that almost half of Texas voters support spending more money on public and higher education.

The poll, conducted by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune newspaper, said that a plurality of respondents in the conservative state believe increases in education spending are necessary.

About 27 percent of those polled said that state spending is just about right.

But, 10 percent said spending on public and higher education already too high.

Grouped by party affiliation, the poll indicates that 41 percent of Republican voters believe the state spends the right amount, while 69 percent of Democrats want more spending on primary and secondary education.

As for higher education, 36 percent of those polled say the state spends too little on universities and colleges. While 27 percent said they spend about the right amount.

Overall, the poll indicates 54 percent of Texas voters oppose reducing state funding for higher education.

According to the 2014 Census, Texas ranks 43rd out of all U.S. states in education spending per student.

However, despite spending less than other states, Texas ranks in the top four states for high school graduation rates for public school students, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

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