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CAUT: Majority of Canadians want tuition fees lowered or eliminated: Poll

December 20, 2008

From the CAUT Newswire via email:

More than 50% of Canadians believe that tuition fees should be lowered, and a surprising number – almost 60% – believe tuition fees should be eliminated altogether over time, according to a recent Harris Decima poll commissioned by the Canadian Association of University Teachers and the Canadian Federation of Students.

Support for eliminating fees is strongest in the Atlantic provinces, where more than 70% of respondents said tuition should be abolished. The poll also shows that Canadians want more accountability over how federal education dollars are spent by the provinces  – more than 60% of respondents said conditions should be attached to federal transfers intended for universities and colleges.

When it comes to dealing with the economic crisis, most respondents said the government should introduce stimulus measures that focus on direct job creation, with 43% choosing investing in infrastructure to create jobs as the single most important measure. Investing in education and research came second, chosen by 25% of respondents, compared to 19% who chose tax cuts as the choice for stimulating the economy.

The poll of 2,036 adult Canadians was conducted between November 6 and November 16, 2008. National results are considered accurate within 2.2%, 19 times out of 20.

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