Voters disapprove of higher education changes

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.

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