Republicans view college education as bad for America, study reveals

Most Republicans say higher education is hurting America
Surprise! Democrats and Republicans are divided on the impact of the news media
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12 July, 2017

A majority of Republicans and GOP-leaning respondents to the poll - 58 percent - "say that colleges and universities have a negative effect on the country, up from 45% previous year", Pew reported.

Graphic courtesy of Pew Research CenterNearly three-quarters (73 percent) of Republicans or those who lean Republican said churches and religious organizations have a positive impact, with 14 percent saying that impact is negative, according to Pew.

The survey also found that, for the first time since 2010, Republicans views on the impact of banks have been more positive than negative.

View a graph of the Pew findings below via Twitter.

When it comes to higher education, even Republicans with degrees increasingly see it as a negative force. Among Republicans, 85 percent say the news media has a negative effect on the way things are going in the country. "By contrast, most Democrats and Democratic leaners (72%) say colleges and universities have a positive effect, which is little changed from recent years".

Republicans and Republican-leaning independents have a very different view of the media.

The overall public viewpoint nearly exactly meets the middle of the two opposing political sides, with 55% believing that the colleges help the US.

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- The news media did not fare all that well with Democrats either, where 44 percent were positive versus 46 percent negative.

Fifty-nine percent of Democrats think labor unions have a positive effect, compared to just 33 percent of Republicans who feel the same way.

The poll also showed wide partisan gaps in views of other institutions.

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

One institution that has been virtually unaffected by the political turmoil of the previous year, according to the survey, is church.

A majority of all Republicans-75 percent of those who identify as conservative Republicans and Republican-leaning and 68 percent of those who are moderate and liberal Republicans-said religious institutions have a positive impact. That ratio shifted to 43 percent positive and 45 percent negative past year. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.


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