Just 15% Think Top-Tier College Athletes Get a Good Education
News broke last week of a huge academic scandal involving athletes at the University of North Carolina. And reports followed about potentially unethical recruiting practices for student football players at West Point. Considering the recent wave of questionable behavior among top athletic colleges, it’s no surprise that most Americans think many big-time athletic programs break the rules.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that one-in-three American Adults (33%) think just about all big-time college athletic programs break the rules on a regular basis when it comes to recruiting top players. Twenty-three percent (23%) think about half of major programs break the rules, while 24% think less than half do, including 11% who say it’s very few programs. One-in-five (20%), however, are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 24-25, 2014 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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