Republicans say no to college: It’s the only institution viewed in more sharply partisan terms than the media.
Has America hit peak anti-intellectualism?
Aside from the election of Donald Trump – a businessman born into wealth whose only notable expertise is in reality television – there is now more evidence that the right-wing’s long game of denigrating U.S. institutions to reshape political discourse is succeeding.
A new Pew Research Center poll released on Monday revealed that there is one U.S. institution perceived through a larger partisan divide than even the media: It’s college.
For the first time a majority of Republicans think that colleges and universities have a negative impact on the country.
Fifty-eight percent say that colleges ‘are having a negative effect on the way things are going in the country’ according to Pew.
In other words the Wall Street banks are more popular with Republican voters than Stanford – Harvard or the University of Akron.