More than Half of Americans Want Government to Improve Accessibility and Affordability of Higher Education

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Survey commissioned by Southern New Hampshire University shows voters want government to play a role in higher education.

“The results of this survey demonstrate the importance of higher education among today’s voters,” commented Dean Spiliotes, PhD, political science professor and Civic Scholar, SNHU.

A new survey finds that more than 87 percent of U.S. voters ages 18-34 believe the government should play a role in higher education. The survey, commissioned by Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and conducted by The Nielson Company, found that three-quarters (78 percent) of all survey respondents also agreed about government’s role in higher education. Accessibility and affordability ranked among the top concerns in higher education.

As the nation’s first presidential primary nears, Americans are reflecting upon a number of issues and education remains top of mind. More than half of respondents think the government is not working to ensure access to higher education for average Americans.

“The results of this survey demonstrate the importance of higher education among today’s voters,” commented Dean Spiliotes, PhD, political science professor and Civic Scholar at Southern New Hampshire University. “With the New Hampshire primary approaching, candidates should continue to address their plans for making higher education attainable for all Americans.”

Survey participants in the Northeast were more likely to indicate that government should play a role in higher education than those in the South and Mid-West. Likewise, parents of children under 18 in the household were slightly more inclined to agree. However, level of education and household income had little impact on the respondents’ feelings toward higher education and government.

“We are not surprised to learn that the majority of Americans are looking for more accessible and affordable higher education,” said Paul LeBlanc, president, Southern New Hampshire University. “At Southern New Hampshire University, it’s our mission to make higher education a possibility for all Americans, and these findings reinforce that we’re doing the right thing for our current and future students.”

The poll surveyed 2,014 adults (18+ years old) across the United States from October 15 to October 19, 2015. The poll has a 2.2% margin of error.

About Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a nonprofit, regionally accredited, private university with an 80-year history of educating traditional-age students and working adults. With over 70,000 students and more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, available on campus and online, SNHU offers access to high quality and affordable education. SNHU’s main campus is located in Manchester, NH with locations in Nashua, Portsmouth and Salem, NH, and Brunswick, Maine. Recognized as the “Most Innovative” by U.S. News & World Report, SNHU continues to transform higher education by providing the best educational opportunity and experience for all students. Learn more at http://www.snhu.edu.

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