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July 11, 2017

A new national survey by the Pew Research Center released Monday finds partisan divisions are growing wider in Americans’ views of educational institutions. For the first time, more than half of Republicans now say higher education has a negative impact on the U.S.

A majority of the American public still says colleges and universities have a positive effect on the way things are going in the U.S. these days.

But 58 percent of Republicans say higher education has a negative impact on the country’s direction. That’s up from 45 percent last year, and the annual Pew Research survey finds wealthier, more educated Republicans are the least positive about college being a path to social and economic mobility.

At the same time, 72 percent of Democrats view higher education positively.

The survey also found similar partisan divisions on views about the national news media.

Read the full report here.

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