The latest Essential poll released on May 9 shows voters disapprove of cuts to universities and higher student fees and fear the impact on young people.
It also showed Labor comfortably ahead of the Coalition on the two-party preferred vote by 54% to 46%.
The poll showed 56% disapprove of the government’s reduction in funding for higher education by $2.8bn and 60% disapprove of increasing student fees.
It found 47% approve and 44% opposed students repaying their student debts when their salary reaches $42,000.
Despite nearly 30 years of student fees, 45% of Australians think tertiary education should be free and 61% agreed that young people were under attack.