GOP 101: Shocking increase in the percentage of Republicans who think college is bad for US
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According to a Pew poll, a majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning people believe that higher education is bad for America -- and the number has risen 45 percent since last year.


The poll found that 58 percent of right-leaning people (and 45 percent of people polled across the political spectrum) believe "colleges and universities have a negative effect on the country."

By contrast, the poll found that 72 percent Democrats and left-leaning independents view higher education favorably -- a number the report noted hasn't changed much in recent years.

In addition to asking about colleges and universities, pollsters also asked the more than 2,500 people surveyed about their opinions on the media -- and a whopping 85 percent of Republican and right-leaning respondents said they view it negatively.

View a graph of the Pew findings below via Twitter.