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Pew: 58% of Republicans Say Colleges Have Negative Impact on US

12 July 2017, 12:27 | Katrina Lee

A view of Royce Hall at UCLA in Westwood CA

A view of Royce Hall at UCLA in Westwood CA

A new poll by the Pew Research Center found that 58% of Republicans believe that colleges have a negative effect on the way things are going in the United States. Wow.

The survey also found a sharp partisan divide in opinion of colleges and universities with Republican views swinging abruptly negative over the last two years. Thirty-six percent of GOP survey participants say colleges are having a positive impact on the U.S. The poll finds that 58 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents think that they are having a negative effect, up from 45 percent a year ago.

The survey found that the partisan gap over the news media's impact on the country has grown over the past year.

Eighty-five percent of Republicans have a negative view of the national news media compared to 44 percent of Democrats.

Since 2015, the Democratic support for college has remained stable, whereas for Republicans the number has dropped by 45%.

Nearly half of Americans, 47%, believe labor unions have a positive impact, while 32% view the impact of unions negatively.

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Why surprising? Because the media is overwhelmingly liberally biased. A fictitious story about California college students cutting off their genitals to protest Trump's Mexican border wall plan recently made the rounds on purported news sites and social media.

Are they saying higher education is bad for Americans? Democrats are more positive about the impact of labor unions on Americans life, and Republicans were more positive about banks and other financial institutions.

Democrats, meanwhile, have a much more positive and consistent view of colleges and universities, even across education levels and incomes, according to the survey.

59 percent overall have a positive outlook on churches/religious orgs.

Younger Republicans still have more positive views of colleges than older Republicans, but the share of those under 50 who view colleges positively has fallen 21 points (from 65 percent to 44 percent) since 2015. In an email to Inside Higher Ed, Alison Kadlec, senior vice president and director of higher education and work force engagement for Public Agenda, questioned the reason behind the pessimistic sentiments.



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