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Survey Reveals 6 in 10 Students Overall Worry about School Shootings; Striking Gender, Political Differences in Opinions about Safety, Prevention, and Media Hype of Campus Violence
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- What: Results of the latest student survey conducted by Chegg, The Student Hub, demonstrate the effect and influence recent school shootings and reports of campus violence have on the collective student body. As high profile school shootings and sexual assault reports have become a tragic, yet common, part of the American mainstream, Chegg asked students their feelings on the subject; particularly how safe they feel on campus, how they believe their schools are prepared to prevent violence, and whether or not they believe the news media have exaggerated the issues. The survey explored key themes and found:
Women are markedly more concerned about on-campus violence than men: Women also feel less strongly that their campuses are doing enough to prevent violence, including school shootings and nonlethal violence such as sexual assault:
There are distinct differences along party lines as well:
Conservative students feel most safe on campus, at 73%, while liberal students are slightly more cautious at 59%.
Students generally feel safe, but all have concerns:
56% of all students worry at least a little about school shootings; 9%, or nearly 1 in 10, students worry about school shootings a lot.
Their real fears mean students aren't overwhelmingly skeptical of media hype: The majority of students don't believe media exaggerates gun violence in schools, and they also believe that gun violence results more from mental health issues vs. legislative controls. That said, they believe the country will likely enact stricter gun control measures:
Why: Through its reach to over 13 million high school and college students, Chegg has deep insight into the student landscape. As a student-first company, it's Chegg's prerogative to keep a constant pulse on the collective nationwide student mindset – from the brands they like, to the trends they follow, and even the differing views they have on the most recent news. While Chegg's mission is to deliver tools and services to help this group be successful in their education, it's paramount to also understand the other elements that make up the full student experience, because that also contributes to their long-term success.
How: Chegg polled its proprietary Cheggheads panel of more than 15,000 High School and College students. 1,765 students took the poll between June 12 and June 15. Data was weighted to national norms and is accurate +/- 2.3% at the 95% confidence level.
About Chegg: Chegg puts students first and is proud to have saved students and their families more than $450 million in 2013 alone. As the leading student-first connected learning platform, Chegg's Student Hub makes higher education more affordable and more accessible, all while improving student outcomes. Chegg is a publicly-held company based in Santa Clara, California and trades on the NYSE under the symbol CHGG. For more information, visit www.chegg.com
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