New poll finds post-secondary education a high priority for Ontario voters

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 this."

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 student aid.

"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

For further information:

For more information about this poll, please contact:
David Coletto, PhD
Chief Executive Officer, Abacus Data Inc.
613-232-2806 x248,

To arrange an interview, please contact:
Jim Robeson, Director of Advocacy, CSA, 416-340-1212,
Alvin Tedjo, Director of Communications, OUSA, 416-341-9948,

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