Americans still rate traditional learning over online

October 15, 2013

Many Americans think online education provides less rigorous testing and grading, includes fewer qualified instructors, and has less credibility with employers than does traditional, classroom-based education, according to a US opinion poll. On a more positive note, the survey also reveals that Americans think online education gives students a wide range of curricula options and provides good value for money. 34% of respondents rate such online programs as "excellent" or "good," while the majority call them "only fair" or "poor." In contrast, 68% rate 4-year colleges and universities as excellent or good, and nearly as many (64%) rate community colleges this highly. The poll is based on telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,028 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 US states and DC. For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the margin of error is ±4 percentage points. Gallup Poll