Poll shows citizens unaware HE state funding has dropped

Most Americans believe state spending for public universities and colleges has increased or held steady over the last 10 years, according to a new survey by American Public Media (APM). But they are wrong, and the disconnect between financial realities and public perception has far-reaching political implications, writes Jon Marcus for The Hechinger Report.

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, states have collectively scaled back their annual higher education funding by US$9 billion during that time, when adjusted for inflation.

“It is a big, important quality-of-life issue, and here all but 29% of people got it completely wrong,” said Craig Helmstetter, managing partner of the APM Research Lab, which conducted the survey of more than 1,000 Americans in late November and early December. That’s the proportion of the poll’s respondents who knew that funding had gone down. Twenty-seven percent thought it was up, and 34% that it had stayed the same. The rest didn’t know.
Full report on The Hechinger Report site