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Majority Of Republicans Think Higher Education Is Bad For The United States

Majority Of Republicans Think Higher Education Is Bad For The United States”

"On balance, more liberal Democrats say the national news media has a positive (51%) than negative (39%) impact on the country".

Democrats, however, continue to have a much more positive view of labor unions (59 percent) than Republicans.

Republicans have an increasingly dim view of colleges and universities and the effect those institutions have on the way things are going in the United States, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Monday.

A majority of all Republicans-75 percent of those who identify as conservative Republicans and Republican-leaning and 68 percent of those who are moderate and liberal Republicans-said religious institutions have a positive impact.

Overall, slightly more than half of the public, 55 percent, thinks colleges and universities help the US, according to the survey.

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Pew's survey showing 36 percent of Democrats viewing churches as having a negative impact on society comes a month after former Democratic presidential hopeful and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders attacked a Trump Administration appointee over his Christian views. The margin of error is 2.3 percentage points for the full sample. Additionally, American views of the impact of banks and other financial institutions leaned toward negative with 46%, compared to only 39% positive.

Overall, the national news media are viewed more negatively (63%) than positively (28%), but the partisan gap behind those numbers grew.

Those divides become stronger as one's political ideology becomes stronger, particularly among Democrats, according to the data.

Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents nearly spilt even on their opinion of the media with 44% saying they believe the news media has a positive effect on the way things are going in the country, while 46% believe it has a negative effect.

Younger Republicans tend to be much more positive, with 44 percent of 18- to 49-year-olds saying colleges have a positive effect on the way things are going in the country. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.



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