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Voters find state universities pricey but good, poll says

November 18, 2011 | 12:47 pm

Despite a decade of tuition increases and fears that they will be priced out of California's public universities, state voters have a positive view of the University of California and Cal State systems, a new poll has found.

A majority of respondents, 55%, said they viewed the two systems favorably. A quarter said they had an unfavorable impression of UC, and 27% looked askance at Cal State.

"I think they are very expensive overall," said Eric Medin, 18. Nevertheless, he said he hopes to transfer to UCLA from a community college and would commute from his Calabasas home to keep costs down.

The survey was conducted for the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles Times by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, a Democratic firm, in conjunction with American Viewpoint, a Republican company. The poll was taken among 1,500 registered California voters Oct. 30 through Nov. 9. The overall margin of sampling error is plus or minus 2.52 percentage points.


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