Republicans now say higher education does more harm to America than good

Today, the majority of Republicans have turned against higher education … A couple of weeks ago, the Pew Research Center released a new study of how Republicans and Democrats view five major institutions: churches, banks, labor unions, the news media, and colleges and universities. The findings that most got my attention were the ones on higher education. According to the report, some 58 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents now say that colleges and universities have a negative impact on the nation. Only 36 percent think higher education’s effect is positive. The older and more conservative the Republican polled, the less he or she approves of colleges … Last year, 45 percent of Republicans overall thought institutions of higher education had a negative impact. By comparison, 72 percent of Democrats (twice as many as Republicans) approve of the influence of colleges and universities; 19 percent disapprove.

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by Paul Prather, Lexington Herald Leader.

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