In a recent survey, the Pew Research Center presented the American public with this statement: "College costs in general are such that most people can afford to pay for a college education." Overwhelmingly, respondents disagreed with the statement. 75% did not agree, and only 22% felt that college costs are affordable. Despite this response, the rapidly rising cost of college tuition has not swayed parents' feelings on the importance of a college education. 94% of parents want their children to go to college, even though 57% of Americans feel that colleges fail to offer students a valuable education that is on par with the high costs. Only 5% of the public feel that college is of "excellent" value to students. Much more respondents fell in the middle-ground, with 77% saying that college was of "only fair" to "good" value. Additionally, though, it seems that college graduates are happy with their decision to enroll. 86% of graduates believe their investment in tuition was beneficial, and American Community Survey data supports this belief. In 2009, the median income for college graduates was $46,931, whereas the median income for those with only a high school diploma was $27,381.