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Most Say Athletics Have Too Much Power Over Colleges, Universities

Despite the fact that many big-time NCAA basketball programs are now reeling from a recruitment bribery scandal, fewer Americans think college athletic programs corrupt the higher education process. But most continue to believe these programs have too much clout.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 64% of American Adults think college athletics have too much power and influence over colleges and universities, in line with previous surveys. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 28 and October 1, 2017 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 national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 28 and October 1, 2017 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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