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New polls show Americans believe the college admissions process is corrupt

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WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — A recent college admissions scandal involving Hollywood celebrities, powerful CEOs, and NCAA coaches has exposed schemes to illicitly gain admission for high school students to some of the country's top colleges. New polling from ScottRasmussen.com shows that Americans believe the university system is corrupt and that college as a whole may be becoming less important.

"Ninety percent say this is nothing new," Scott Rasmussen told Circa. "It's been going on forever. There is a belief that elite schools are even more corrupt than most colleges. Wealthy parents always bend or break the rules. Seventy percent say colleges probably knew about it and more than 60 percent say the system is corrupt."

"There is a belief that elite schools are even more corrupt than most colleges."
Scott Rasmussen, political analyst

Since news of the scandal broke, people started re-sharing stories of black mothers who were sentenced to jail for lying to get their kids into better school districts on social media.

"Most people are saying it'd be better off for kids to work for a couple of years, full time, and then go to school," Rasmussen said. "We asked what's the benefit, and most said [the] benefit is connections."

According to recent polls, many people believe the traditions of the college admissions process are outdated and don't serve the most deserving students.

"Most people want to end the practice of saying you get a preference if your parents went to the school," Rasmussen said. "More than 85 percent say the admissions office should have no idea how much anybody gave to the school.

"What the data really conveys is the sense that people don't think our college system today is fair, is being done right, is part of a society that you get ahead by working hard; they think it's part of a rigged system."

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