America's colleges are harming the country, the majority of Republicans now say. It's a strong downward slide in public opinion that, some experts fear, could exacerbate growing divides among Americans and lead to higher levels of student debt, write Polly Mosendz and Shahien Nasiripour for Bloomberg.
The conclusion, from a recent report by the Pew Research Center in Washington, based on a June survey of 2,504 adults, reflects a reversal from just two years ago, when 54% of Republican and Republican-leaning Americans said colleges and universities had a positive impact on the way things were going in the country. Now, 58% say the opposite: that higher education institutions are having a negative impact on the US. In 2015, only 37% of Republicans said that.
These findings come as protests and free speech debates have been roiling campuses nationwide over the past few years, sparking criticism from Republicans in Congress and President Donald Trump, who earlier this year threatened to strip one university of its federal funding.
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