Poll: Americans Losing Confidence in Ivy League Universities after Anti-Israel Protests

A new poll shows that Americans have overwhelmingly lost confidence in Ivy League universities, after many months of rabid anti-Israel protests and violence taking place on such campuses and other campuses across the country.

Just The News reports that in the survey from Rasmussen Reports, a mere 10% of respondents say that they consider Ivy League graduates to be hard workers. By contrast, 75% do not consider Ivy League alumni to be better workers, while 74% consider Ivy Leagues to be out-of-touch with the values and beliefs of everyday Americans.

In the same poll, 67% said that they think students are better off attending a state school than attending an Ivy League university. Only 15% said they believe Ivy Leagues to be superior to state schools.

The discontent with the Ivy League universities was noted across partisan lines: 81% of Republican respondents said that the Ivy Leagues are out-of-touch with the rest of America, while 76% of Democrats said the same.

Ever since the unprecedented terrorist attack on Israel by the Islamist group Hamas on October 7th of last year, anti-Israel protests and riots have taken place across the country and around the world, particularly at college campuses. The most violent and extreme demonstrations were at Columbia University, but spread quickly to other campuses such as UCLA. These incidents have ranged from mass vandalism to assaults against Jewish students.

In addition to the decline in public opinion, the protests have led to a massive decline in Jewish enrollment at such universities. Data from Ivy Coach shows that, while roughly 20% of incoming Yale University students in the 2000’s were Jewish, that number plunged to just 12% in 2023.

The poll featured a sample size of 1,232 American adults, and was conducted from June 10th to June 12th. The margin of error is 3%.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: Pro-Palestinian student protesters lock arms at the entrance to Hamilton Hall on the campus of Columbia University, on April 30, 2024, in New York City. Dozens of helmeted police flooded Columbia University's campus in the heart of New York City on April 30, 2024 to evict a building occupied by pro-Palestinian student protesters and detain demonstrators. Police climbed into Hamilton Hall via a second floor window they reached from a laddered truck, before leading handcuffed students out of the building into police vans. (Photo by Jia Wu / AFP) (Photo by JIA WU/AFP via Getty Images)

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