Most Republicans Believe Colleges, Universities Are Hurting America

Opinions about the media remain as divided as before though even Democrats are pretty negative about the news media
Opinions about the media remain as divided as before though even Democrats are pretty negative about the news media
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12 July, 2017

Among Republicans, 85 percent say the news media has a negative effect on the way things are going in the country. While Democrats continue to see them as an overwhelmingly positive force (72% say they have a positive effect on the country, about the same as in 2015), Republicans have had a near reversal.

Likewise, positive views of colleges among Republicans who hold a college or graduate degree declined by 11 percentage points, from 44 percent to 33 percent, during the last two years.

Although Democrats shouldn't feel too pleased with themselves as 19% also had negatives views about higher education.

Interestingly, the more money made, the less positive Republicans surveyed view higher ed. Forty-six percent making under $30,000 view college positively; for those making between $30,000 and $74,999, that number dips to 34%.

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.

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

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The poll also finds partisan divides regarding the national news media and labor unions. TIt had a margin of error 2.3 percent.

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

The opinion gap between the two groups as it relates to the national media is even more chasmic, although less than 50 percent of liberals view it positively. That ratio shifted to 43 percent positive and 45 percent negative a year ago.

Across all political affiliations, only 26 percent of people believe that churches have a negative effect on the country.

Overall, 55% say colleges and universities have a positive effect on the way things are going in the country, second to churches and religious organizations (59% positive) for positive impacts on the nation's life among the five institutions tested in the survey. The views expressed in these articles are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Mint Press News editorial policy.


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