What People Think About College: a Snapshot of Public Opinion

Given that the value of college is frequently challenged on multiple fronts these days, interest in how the public regards higher education runs pretty high among its champions.

The latest public-opinion poll from Gallup and the Lumina Foundation, released here on Thursday, provides some new data points.

In general, “the vast majority of Americans value education beyond high school,” said Brandon Busteed, executive director of education at Gallup. And they see higher education as connected to getting a good job and having a good life.

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