Sixty-one percent (61%) believe that the admissions process at elite colleges and universities is corrupt. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that just 9% disagree and 30% are not sure.
Among those with a college degree, the skepticism is even higher. Seventy-four percent (74%) of college graduates believe the process is corrupt (see crosstab results). Data released earlier showed that 90% believe the latest college admissions scandal is nothing new. Seventy-six percent (76%) believe the colleges were aware of the fraudulent applications.
The survey also found that 53% believe the connections made at elite schools are more valuable than the things students learn. That figure rises to 69% among those with a college degree.
For this research, half the survey respondents were asked a similar question about all colleges (rather than elite schools). For all colleges, 66% believe what you learn is more important than the connections you make. On this point, there is little difference in opinion between those with a college degree and those without.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted March 15-16, 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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