[USA] Trump, Republicans, and anti-intellectualismFrom: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dictator's Handbook
Jul 13 2017 18:17:24
The election of President Trump has coincided with a reaction among
Republican voters against open-mindedness, open borders and an open
society in general — not to mention a growing hostility to cognitive
Take a recent survey showing a fundamental shift in the attitude of
Republicans toward the value of higher education.
Between 2010 and 2017, the Pew Research Center asked voters whether
colleges and universities have a positive or negative effect “on the
way things are going in the country.”
From 2010 to 2015, solid majorities of Republicans and Democrats agreed
that institutions of higher learning had a positive effect on America.
In 2010, Republicans were 58-32 positive and Democrats 65-22. For
Democrats, this pattern grew stronger over time, reaching 72-19 in the
most recent polling in June.
That was not the case for Republicans, who flipped from positive to
negative on college education.
In a survey that was conducted from Aug. 23 to Sept. 2, 2016 — a month
after Trump accepted his party’s nomination — Republicans’ positive
assessment of colleges and universities fell to 43 percent, while
negative assessments rose to 45 percent. By June of this year, 58
percent of Republicans had a negative view of higher education and 36
percent a positive view.
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