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Views on higher education depend on political leanings, according to Pew survey

12 July 2017, 12:24 | Colleen Roy

New Pew study finds that a majority of Republicans says colleges and the media have a negative effect on the country

Surprise! Democrats and Republicans are divided on the impact of the news media

According to the poll, 58 percent of Republican respondents stated institutions of higher learning have negative effect on the country, a significant increase from the 45 percent who responded the same way previous year.

Overall, the majority of the USA public, or 55 percent, say they believe colleges and universities have positive effects on the way things are going in the United States.

Fifty-nine percent of Democrats think labor unions have a positive effect, compared to just 33 percent of Republicans who feel the same way. Since 2015, however, positive views of higher education among Republicans have dropped 18 percent, to 36 percent.

The findings mark a shift dramatic shift in Republicans' views of higher education, according to Pew.

In 2017, 58% of Republicans looked at universities in a negative light, up from 2016's 45% and 2015's 37%, showing an 18-point decline in positive opinion.

Just checking in again: There's still a big partisan divide in the USA over what kind of impact the media has on the country. TIt had a margin of error 2.3 percent.

59 percent overall have a positive outlook on churches/religious orgs.

Even Republicans with college degrees or more education are increasingly disapproving of colleges and universities. That ratio shifted to 43 percent positive and 45 percent negative past year.

One institution that has been virtually unaffected by the political turmoil of the a year ago, according to the survey, is church.

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.

Across all political affiliations, only 26 percent of people believe that churches have a negative effect on the country.

"Liberal Democrats are about as likely to say the impact of churches and religious organizations is negative (44%) as they are to say it is positive (40%)". They are republished from a number of sources, and are not produced by MintPress News.

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