Survey: 58% of Republicans say colleges are hurting US

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A new survey suggests that a majority of Republicans believe colleges and universities are having a negative impact on the country.

The Pew Research Center study found 58 percent of Republicans think universities have a negative impact on the country, up from 45 percent last year.

In comparison, 72 percent of Democrats think universities have a positive effect, consistent with poll results from recent years.

Some reports suggest attacks on free speech on college campuses nationwide are why a growing number of Republican voters have issues with the current state of higher education.

In February, following violent protests, political alt-right speaker Milo Yiannopoulos was told he couldn't speak at U.C. Berkeley. In May, Notre Dame students walked out of a commencement speech that Vice President Mike Pence was delivering.

A total of 2,500 adults from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. participated in the Pew Research Center study throughout June.

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