Earlier this month President Obama outlined a proposal to offer students two years of free community college tuition. The President enters the discussion about college affordability with a sizable advantage over Republicans. According to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll*, 61% of Americans believe that Obama has the better ideas to help more students afford college. His 39-point edge over Republicans on this issue is his biggest advantage across the six items tested.
“Who do you think has the better ideas about [ITEM] – Obama or the Republicans in Congress?”
“Helping More Students Afford College” – By Party
“Obama has proposed providing free tuition to attend community colleges at a cost to the federal government of sixty billion dollars over 10 years. Do you support or oppose this proposal?”
A closer look at some of the demographic differences on this issue:
- Support is predictably lower among Republicans (23% support). Majorities of Independents (54%) and Democrats (76%) support the plan.
- There is a significant divide based on ethnicity, with support twice as high among non-White adults (79%) than it is among White respondents (40%).
- Younger Americans are more positive toward the President’s proposal (65% support). Support dips to 44% among seniors.
- By educational attainment, Americans with post-graduate degrees are most supportive (57%).
* N=1,003 adults nationally conducted January 12-15, 2015, via telephone.