Universities’ role as the nerve centre of the country’s culture wars has not helped with their popularity. According to Gallup, only a third of Americans have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in higher education, down from 57% in 2015. Amid disruptive campus protests and numerous high-profile antisemitism scandals and plagiarism accusations — one resulting in the resignation of Harvard’s president — it’s no wonder they’re struggling with their image.

Source: Gallup

The decline in confidence has been driven by Republicans, among whom support for higher education fell from 56% in 2015 to 20% in the present. Respondents’ leading concern was higher education’s political agenda. Will the kids be alright?