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Most See Admissions Scandal as Sign of Bigger Problem at Elite Colleges

Americans strongly suspect that the just uncovered college admissions cheating scandal is only the tip of the iceberg as far as the country’s top schools are concerned.

Just 20% of American Adults think the admissions process for elite colleges and universities generally is fair and honest, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey. Sixty-nine percent (69%) disagree and say the new scandal is indicative of a larger pattern of corruption in the process. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 13-14, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 13-14, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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