76% Say Colleges Knew of Scam; 90% Say It’s Nothing New

Seventy-six percent (76%) of voters nationwide say it’s likely colleges knew that some of the students they accepted got in because someone else fraudulently took their entrance exam. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that figure includes who believe it is Very Likely.

Ninety percent (90%) agreed that “This college cheating scheme is really nothing new. Wealthy parents always bend or break the rules to get their children into better schools.” Additionally, 82% believe colleges generally give preferential admissions consideration to children of wealthy donors.

These views are widely held across partisan and demographic lines (see crosstab results).

The survey found that 31% believe jail time is appropriate for parents who hired someone to take an entrance exam for their child. Thirty-seven percent (37%) thought large fines were the better punishment while 25% thought their children should lose all college credits.

As for the people who fraudulently took the exams, 49% believe they should end up in jail. Forty-two percent (42%) favor large fines.

If the students knew what was going on, 67% believe they should give up any degrees or credits they earned. Just 7% believe the students deserve jail time.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted March 14-15, 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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