A new poll from Gallup has found that public confidence in higher education is at an all-time low.
Why do you think this is happening? It’s easy to imagine. The cost of a college education has skyrocketed over the past few decades and at the same time, colleges and universities have turned into left-wing industries.
Students enter college as normal teenagers and leave four years later with huge debts, and as anti-Americans. What should we believe?
Americans’ Confidence in Higher Education Drops
Americans’ confidence in higher education has fallen to 36%, far lower than it was measured twice in 2015 (57%) and 2018 (48%). In addition to 17% of US adults who have “a lot” and 19% “a lot” of trust, 40% have “some” and 22% “very little” trust.
The recent drop in public confidence in higher education is based on a June 1-22 Gallup poll that also found confidence in 16 other institutions has declined in recent years. Many of these institutions, which are followed more often than higher education, are now also at or near the lowest level of confidence. Despite the decline, higher education ranks fourth in confidence among the 17 institutions measured, with small business, the military and the police in the top three. This was also in 2018, when higher education was included in the list of schools.
In 2015, the majority of Americans in all major groups expressed confidence in higher education, with one exception – independents (48%). By 2018, confidence had dropped across the board, with the biggest drop, 17 percent, among Republicans. In the latest poll, confidence fell again across the board, but Republicans sank the most — 20 points to 19%, the lowest of any group. Confidence among adults without a college degree and those 55 and older has fallen on average for Republicans since 2018.
Is anyone really surprised by this story?
America’s confidence in higher education has plummeted, according to a new Gallup poll. Only 36% of adults indicated that they have a high level of confidence. https://t.co/6Aq7JDzfXB
— Forbes (@Forbes) July 13, 2023
Higher education can change this if they want. One way would be to teach the importance of freedom of speech and free thinking. They can stop groups of students from speaking words they don’t like.
Will they do it?