Poll: Most Republicans say colleges have negative impact on US

A majority of Republicans in a new survey think colleges and universities have a negative effect on the U.S.

The Pew Research Center poll finds 58 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents think colleges and universities hurt the country.

Just 36 percent of Republicans think they have a positive effect.

{mosads}In contrast, a large majority of Democrats, 72 percent, say colleges and universities have a positive effect on the country.

Overall, slightly more than half of the public, 55 percent, thinks colleges and universities help the U.S., according to the survey.

The poll also finds partisan divides regarding the national news media and labor unions.

Forty-four percent of Democrats think the national news media has a positive effect on the country, compared to 46 percent of Democrats who think it has a negative effect.

But among Republicans, just 10 percent feel the news media helps the U.S. and 85 percent think it hurts the country.

Fifty-nine percent of Democrats think labor unions have a positive effect, compared to just 33 percent of Republicans who feel the same way.

The survey was conducted from June 8 to 18 among 2,504 adults. The margin of error is 2.3 points.


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