Survey Shows Bipartisan Support for Free College Tuition

on January 16, 2017

A recent poll by the Campaign for Free College Tuition found bipartisan support among American voters for making public college tuition free for qualified students.


Almost 73 percent of American voters support state-sponsored free college tuition, including 88 percent of Clinton voters and 54 percent of Trump voters.


“The poll indicates making public college tuition free for those academically qualified is embraced across the political spectrum,” says Morley Winograd, president of the Campaign for Free College Tuition.


Both Republican and Democratic governors have proposed free public college tuition, including Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee and Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York.


The poll also reported that Americans supported requiring students to maintain at least a minimum college grade point average (GPA) and at least a minimum enrollment status for free tuition. Americans also supported basing eligibility on high school GPA, but were strongly opposed to requiring mandatory military service.


The poll was conducted in December 2016 after the election by Penn Schoen Berland (PSB). A total of 834 Americans participated. The margin of error was 2.8 percent.

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