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ARCHE Study Finds Voters Would Pay Higher Taxes to Ensure Quality Higher Education

Georgia voters are willing to pay more in taxes to enhance higher education at the state’s public and private colleges and universities, according to a new poll released by the Atlanta Regional Council of Higher Education (ARCHE). Those same voters also favor 2-to-1 pro-educational political candidates.

The online poll of 600 registered Georgia voters also found that they want cuts to higher education budgets to be minimized – even during the current economic downturn.

“Voters value great colleges and universities in Georgia,” said ARCHE President Michael A. Gerber. “They want them to be even better and they’re willing to pay for increased quality and access. They want Georgia to be a national higher ed leader, although they’re not quite sure we’re there yet.”

Sixty-five percent of the respondents said they would be willing to pay an extra dollar each week in taxes to enhance the quality of education for students in Georgia’s public and private colleges and universities. Sixty-six percent of them said they would be more likely to vote for candidates who supported increased state funding for higher education.

Some of the other findings: nearly 80 percent of the respondents rate the quality of private and public institutions in Georgia between good and excellent; 72 percent believe a college education is very important for a person to succeed in life; 71 percent said a college education is very important for economic growth in Georgia; and nearly 60 percent think it is very important for Georgia to be a national leader in quality higher education.

To view the entire poll, go to

http://www.atlantahighered.org/Portals/12/UploadFiles/ARCHEpoll09web.pdf

Morehouse is one of 19 private and public institutions in ARCHE, which builds awareness of the size, scope, impact and value of higher education in the region and helps its members share strengths through cooperative programs.

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