Americans’ confidence in higher education is “down sharply” across all major subgroups, with Republicans leading the charge, a new Gallup survey found.
Thirty-six percent of Americans have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in higher education, which is significantly lower than Gallup’s prior readings in 2015 (57 percent) and 2018 (48 percent). Forty percent of Americans have “some” confidence” and 22 percent have “very little” confidence in higher education, the survey found.
The poll was conducted between June 1-22, 2023 with a random sample of 1,013 adults living in the United States. The margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.
Americans’ confidence in higher education has fallen to 36%, sharply lower than in two prior readings in 2015 (57%) and 2018 (48%).