Thirty-five percent (35%) of voters nationwide believe that colleges and universities expect too little of their students. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 24% believe they expect too much while 41% are not sure.
Voters under 35 tend to believe colleges expect too much of students. Those over 50 think they expect too little. Those aged 35-50 are fairly evenly divided. Republicans strongly believe that colleges expect too little of their students and Independent voters lean in that direction. Democrats are evenly divided with 28% saying the schools expect too much and 25% too little (see crosstab results).
Colleges and universities are seen as doing somewhat better on this point than high schools. Most voters (58%) believe that our high schools expect too little of students. Only 20% think the schools expect too much.
Data released earlier showed that 78% think it is Very Important for colleges to teach its students job skills. However, just 20% think they do a good job of it.
Sixty-five percent (65%) believe our current system of higher education is good for the nation, but there are significant ideological divides on the question.
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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted January 30-31, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a +/- 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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