Amid a national debate about the worth of a college education, a respected annual poll about the education views held by Americans has found that only 44 percent of Americans now believe that getting a college education is “very important” — down from 75 percent four years ago.
…. Similarly, in 2010, 77% of parents said it was somewhat or very likely that they would be able to pay for college for their oldest child. That percentage declined to 69% this year.
Interestingly, confidence in being able to pay for college dropped down to the same level seen in 1995 after rising in 2010.
I will be on the lookout for an update to the 2011 Pew Research survey that found 80% of parents believed paying for their child’s education is an extremely important (35%) or very important (45%) goal.