Americans generally think that colleges and universities have a positive impact on the country, and an overwhelming majority of college graduates say higher education is worth the investment, according to the Pew Research Center. However, conservative Republicans are skeptical of colleges’ effects on the country, even though most who have completed college view the experience as personally beneficial. In the latest survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Feb. 8-12 among 1,501 adults, 60 percent said that colleges have a positive effect on the way things are going in the country; just 26 percent said they have a negative effect. Of a list of 12 institutions and industries, only small businesses (75 percent positive effect) and technology companies (70 percent) were viewed more positively.

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