Around 55 percent of the general public thinks higher education has a positive impact on the way things are going in the country.
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The shift among GOP supporters is a big shift compared to just two years ago when 54 percent of Republicans had a positive view of higher education and only 37 percent had a negative view, Pew reports.
The split between Democrats and Republicans is even more striking along ideological lines. Nearly 79 percent of liberal Democrats think and around 65 percent of conservative Republicans say colleges have a negative impact, according to Pew.
Pew surveyed 2,504 adults from June 8 through June 18.