Floridians are willing to support tax increases to fund public K-12 schools and health and human services, according to a new study released by the Pew Center on the States.

Florida is one of “five diverse, fiscally stressed states” surveyed by the Pew Center in June. The study shows that residents in each of the five states “have similar priorities for state government, but their preferences clash with budget reality.”

The other states surveyed are Arizona, California, Illinois and New York.

These five states represent nearly a third of the U.S. population, as well as almost as third of the nation’s economic output, according to the Pew Center.

The report also notes that the majority of residents in their individual states feel that state governments can be run with less waste and more efficiency. Most respondents also said they never trust state government to do what is right or only trust it some of the time.

At least 1,000 people from each state were interviewed.

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