Two-thirds (67%) of U.S. voters said colleges and universities should focus on preparing students for a job and a career. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that only 33% say schools should focus on providing a broader education.
That viewed is broadly shared, but there are partisan differences. Republicans (75%) and Independents (70%) are more likely than Democrats 58%) to want a focus on jobs and career prospects (see question wording and crosstab results).
The pragmatic streak was also found in data showing 84% believe it would be good for the country if more jobs were available for people without a college education (see question wording and crosstab results).
The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted September 12-13, 2018 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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Data released earlier show that 65% believe that the US system of higher education is good for the country. However, there are significant ideological divides. Other data showed that 49% believe public schools provide a low quality of education.
My latest book, The Sun is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not, makes the case that fundamental reforms in education will come from the culture and technology leading the nation forward. As in most things, politics and politicians will lag behind.
Other data from the survey found that 59% of voters said the government should continue to make student loans available even to people attending schools with a high rate of student loan default.
College costs and practicality have been in the national focus, with student loan debt now reaching a record $1.5 trillion and projected to exceed $2 trillion by 2021.
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