(GALLUP) Americans’ confidence in higher education drops sharply

Americans’ confidence in higher education has fallen to 36%, sharply lower than in two prior readings in 2015 (57%) and 2018 (48%).

In addition to the 17% of U.S. adults who have “a great deal” and 19% “quite a lot” of confidence, 40% have “some” and 22% “very little” confidence.

The latest decline in the public’s trust in higher education is from a June 1-22 Gallup poll that also found confidence in 16 other institutions has been waning in recent years.

Many of these entities, which are tracked more often than higher education, are now also at or near their lowest points in confidence.

Although diminished, higher education ranks fourth in confidence among the 17 institutions measured, with small business, the military and the police in the top three spots.

This was also the case in 2018, the last time higher education was included in the list of institutions.

All Major Subgroups, Led by Republicans, Less Confident in Higher Ed

In 2015, majorities of Americans in all key subgroups expressed confidence in higher education, with one exception — independents (48%). 

By 2018, though, confidence had fallen across all groups, with the largest drop, 17 percentage points, among Republicans. In the latest measure, confidence once again fell 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 aged 55 and older dropped nearly as much as Republicans’ since 2018.

Bottom Line

Americans’ confidence in higher education, which showed a marked decrease between 2015 and 2018, has declined further to a new low point.

While Gallup did not probe for reasons behind the recent drop in confidence, the rising costs of postsecondary education likely play a significant role.

There is a growing divide between Republicans’ and Democrats’ confidence in higher education. Previous Gallup polling found that Democrats expressed concern about the costs, while Republicans registered concern about politics in higher education.

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  1. Thomas Joseph Hussman

    The previous contractor and the homeowner were unable to come to agreement. The homeowner called my company to finish the repairs to her foundantion. As the work was underway, the homeowner appeared and said she wanted to make a “deal” – She stated that she was the head librarian for the University of Minnesota, and was a personal friend to a professor who was teaching a Business Law class I was attending. Then she advised me that if I would complete the repair work for her beautiful and large home, at a reduced cost, she would contact her professor friend and pave the way for me to receive an “A” Grade and I wouldn’t have to attend the class. This was unsolicited and unwanted by me. I contacted the University of Minnesota’s President by telephone and followed with a letter explaining the attempted conspiracy by the Librarian. If this is the manner by which grades are given to students is it no wonder that trust is gone ?

    1. Thomas Joseph Hussman,

      — Dumbing Down America for the Lowest Common Denominator of Color —

      Analyst Tom Woods Opines :

      “In my last email I mentioned the National Teachers Exam, which was recently found to be discriminatory and in violation of the civil-rights laws because too many whites and Asians passed it, and too many blacks and Hispanics failed.

      “Since then Richard Hanania, whom I’ve featured as a guest on the Tom Woods Show, has tracked down a sample test and shared problems from it. To put it politely, if you cannot answer these questions, you should not be a teacher.”

      -above paragraphs are about a black

      NYC test-taker (( to pass for teaching

      certificate )) wins $1-million, after

      judge finds test to be racially biased

      toward White/Asian applicants ( read

      rest of the story here ) :



      1. One of the USA’s biggest lies -and promoted with vigor in the District Of Corruption- has to do with ‘perceived entitlements.’ MLK didn’t believe in ‘affirmative action’ as the way forward–because he specifically stated that we should judge a man by his character and not his skin color. Affirmative action was the beginning of seeding an inauthentic bias that has fostered divisions and diverted our attention from a failed educational program. Our students today couldn’t graduate from High School if this was 1898. Dumbed down and programmed for video gaming–all part of the Orwellian Animal Farm ideal.

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