TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - More than nine in ten Ontarians believe
post-secondary education is important to the economic prosperity of the
Province, according to a recent poll released today. The majority of respondents are concerned about the
cost of college and university for students and are willing to pay more
in taxes to address this.
The poll, conducted by Abacus Data Inc., was commissioned by the College
Student Alliance and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance as part
of the It's Your Vote campaign to engage students and the public about
the importance of post-secondary education to the October 6th election.
"Making higher education more affordable is a clear priority for
Ontario's voters," says David Coletto, Chief Executive Officer of
Abacus Data. "Several of Ontario's political parties have already
addressed this concern to varying degrees through their platforms, and
this survey suggests they would fare well to continue building on
As found in the study, over 70% of parents are worried about their
ability to help pay for their children's post-secondary education, and
68% of Ontarians think that the cost of tuition prevents some willing
students from attending. Over half of those surveyed agreed they would
be willing to pay more in taxes to reduce tuition fees and improve
"Post-secondary education is top of mind for students, but this poll
clearly shows it is also a priority for Ontarians," added Coletto.
The results of this study are based on a poll of 1,002 Ontarians over
the age of 18 conducted between September 9 and 12, 2011. The margin of
error for a sample of this size is +/- 3.2 percentage points within a
confidence interval of 95%.
The College Student Alliance and the Ontario Undergraduate Student
Alliance represent over 280,000 college and university students at 34
student associations in communities across Ontario.
SOURCE Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
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David Coletto, PhD
Chief Executive Officer, Abacus Data Inc.
613-232-2806 x248, email@example.com
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