Population Research Laboratory (PRL) , Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta

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DATA BRIEF:  Support for Post-Secondary Education in Alberta

Gillian Stevens

Executive Director

Population Research Laboratory

University of Alberta



Albertans are almost unanimous in their belief that post-secondary education is important for individuals’ economic success and for the economic success of the province.


Four out of five Albertans believe that government spending on post-secondary education should be increased.


Over two-thirds of Albertans are willing to pay higher taxes to financially support post-secondary education in Alberta.



These results are based on data from the 2014 Alberta Survey, which was conducted in July 2014 by the Population Research Laboratory at the University of Alberta. The survey asked 1200 adults in Alberta about the importance of post-secondary education for economic success, their support for government spending on post-secondary education in Alberta, and their willingness to pay higher taxes to support post-secondary education in Alberta.

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