Sharp Partisan Divisions in Views of National Institutions

Report from Pew Research Center, 7/10/17

Republicans increasingly say colleges have negative impact on U.S.

Republicans and Democrats offer starkly different assessments of the impact of several of the nation’s leading institutions – including the news media, colleges and universities and churches and religious organizations – and in some cases, the gap in these views is significantly wider today than it was just a year ago….

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Here are 2 charts from the report. The recent rapid decline in support for public education among Republicans is particularly alarming: now only half as many R’s or leaning R as D’s or leaning D say colleges and universities “have a positive effect on the way things are going in the country.”