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Most Californians are worried about decreased funding for the state's public colleges and universities -- but don't want to pay higher taxes to alleviate budget cuts and tuition increases.

Those are some findings from a new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California on state residents' views on higher education. Specifically, the survey found that:

  • 62 percent of residents think public higher education in California is headed in the wrong direction
  • 61 percent say affording college is a big problem for students
  • 74 percent say there is not enough state funding for higher education
  • 65 percent say that public colleges and universities have been affected a lot by budget cuts

But it also found that:

  • 69 percent are opposed to increasing student fees to maintain current funding
  • 52 percent are unwilling to pay higher taxes to maintain current funding

So how should California come up with money for colleges and universities?

The survey says that 59 percent of Californians would rather see the state spend more on public higher education "even if this means less money for other state programs."

It says 52 percent favor admitting more out-of-state students who pay higher tuition, though support for that idea drops to 20 percent if it means admitting fewer students from the Golden State.

And one idea that garners support is "a hypothetical statewide bond measure to pay for construction projects in the state's higher education system." Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed said they would vote for such a measure, which would require a simple majority vote to pass.

Read the full survey at this link.


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