65% Believe US Higher Education System Is Good, but There are Significant Ideological Divides

Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters believe the nation’s system of colleges and universities are good for the country. A ScottRasmussen.com national Democrats and liberals are more likely than Republicans, Independents, and conservatives to hold that view.

Most voters (56%) also believe U.S. colleges and universities offer an ideologically balanced education. However, on this point, the strong partisan and ideological divide is more clearly revealed.

Sixty-two percent (62%) of Republicans believe our colleges and universities offer a perspective that is too liberal. Seventy-five percent (75%) of Democrats think the balance is about right (see question wording and crosstab results).

Sixty-six percent (66%) of liberal voters believe the current ideological balance is about right. Sixty-three percent (63%) of conservatives believe that the current system offers too liberal a perspective.

Many conservative groups complain that colleges have become too liberal and intolerant of other opinions.

This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted  on September 12-13, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a leading research firm specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The statistical margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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