Americans’ Confidence in Higher Education Remains at All-Time Low, Poll Says

Confidence in higher education remains at a low point for many Americans, a new poll suggests.

Only 36 percent of survey respondents have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the nation’s colleges and universities, according to the poll conducted in June and published July 8 by Gallup and the Lumina Foundation.

The result is unchanged from a year ago, and is down sharply from 48 percent in 2018 and 57 percent in 2015.

Compared to last year, fewer respondents in June 2024 reported having a mixed view, while more expressed “very little” to zero confidence. The share of respondents who said they have little or no confidence (32 percent) is at an all-time high since 2015.

In addition, more than 67 percent of respondents said they believe college is headed in the “wrong direction,” compared with just 31 percent who feel it’s going in the right direction.

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