May 20, 2019
Poll: Californians voice concerns about higher education
SAN FRANCISCO - Most Californians say public higher education should be a high priority for Governor-elect Newsom, and they are ready for a change in policies in the state’s college and university system.

These are among the key findings of a statewide survey by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), with funding from the College Futures Foundation.

Large majorities of Californians say the state’s public higher education system should be a high or very high priority for the new governor. Fewer than half say the system is generally going in the right direction.

Asked if the next governor should generally continue Governor Jerry Brown’s policies on public higher education or change to different policies, half prefer a change, while just 31 percent of adults and 34 percent of likely voters want to continue current policies.

Most (58%) say overall affordability is a big problem. Most Californians (59%) are very concerned that students who attend the state’s public colleges and universities are taking on too much debt, and most (61%) think there is not enough government funding for scholarships and grants for students who need financial help.

Majorities of adults (56%) and likely voters (57%) say the level of state funding for public higher education is not sufficient.
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