Republicans are all about control, and the more stupid people are, the easier they are to control.
A recent Pew Research Center study found that a majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents are anti-college. According to the poll, 58% of them believe colleges and universities negatively impact the U.S.
Last year, the same survey found that 45% thought the same, marking a 13% increase in only one year. On the flip side of the coin, 72% of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents believe higher education has a positive effect on America.
As recently as two years ago, most Republicans and Republican leaners held a positive view of the role of colleges and universities. In September 2015, 54% of Republicans said colleges and universities had a positive impact on the way things were going in the country; 37% rated their impact negatively.
By 2016, Republicans’ ratings of colleges and universities were mixed (43% positive, 45% negative). Today, for the first time on a question asked since 2010, a majority (58%) of Republicans say colleges and universities are having a negative effect on the way things are going in the country, while 36% say they have a positive effect.
Among Republicans, there is an ideological gap in views of the impact of colleges and universities and other institutions: Nearly two-thirds of conservative Republicans (65%) say colleges are having a negative impact, compared with just 43% of moderate and liberal Republicans.
Pew polled 2,504 adults throughout the U.S. to get its results.
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