This has been causing a stir online, as it should.
While a majority of the public (55%) continues to say that colleges and universities have a positive effect on the way things are going in the country these days, Republicans express increasingly negative views.
A majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (58%) now say that colleges and universities have a negative effect on the country, up from 45% last year. By contrast, most Democrats and Democratic leaners (72%) say colleges and universities have a positive effect, which is little changed from recent years.
That’s quite a swing. Some of it may have to do with Republicans who went to college now being unwilling to identify themselves as such, or even as “Republican-leaning,” due to entirely legitimate embarrassment, even shame, over being connected in any way with the pitiful, disastrous buffoon currently in the White House. (Though most will unfortunately continue to vote Republican, unless things get really awful.) Response bias is real, though its significance varies.
As for most of it, though, how much is because colleges purportedly “indoctrinate” atheism, feminism, socialism, and so on? And how much because they believe those who went to the fancy colleges are getting all the money? Especially when the college guy boss down at work is always full of sincere, regretful reasons why, though you’re a good worker and they really like you, they’ve only been able to come up with a total of $0.60/hr in raises, total, for the last four years?
I don’t claim to know the answer to that.
Comment below fold.
From Mac Hall: How do you factor in the cost of college ?
And the argument that colleges may not prepare you for today’s jobs ?
Let me put on my GOP cap — and ignoring the chatter that universities are home to brainwashing liberals (except of course, Liberty, George Mason, Pepperdine, Rice, etc.), and I read that student debt is crippling recent graduates, state colleges are asking for more money, there are no jobs for many graduates because they do not have the right skills. Then I get a mass mailing from my Republican Congressman telling me how he is working to change the “Skills gap” to create jobs for our kids.
Of course the mass mailing never mentions the student debt related to For-Profit schools — University of Phoenix, Capella University, DeVry University, National American University, etc … and that those schools who stress you will get a job have such low job placement rates as well as low graduation rates. It becomes easy to blame colleges.
And once again the Republicans win the message contest.