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On the eve of the provincial budget, a new poll shows that two-thirds of Ontario residents want the government to increase its funding to universities and colleges, even if it means cancelling tax cuts or reducing spending in other areas.

The poll, conducted for CUPE and groups representing university and college faculty and students, also shows that 70 per cent of parents are concerned their children wont be able to attend university even if they qualify because they cant afford it.

Women are more concerned than men and more willing to give up tax cuts to increase funding for post-secondary education. Families earning less than $30,000 are most concerned about sky-rocketing costs, with 90 per cent concerned their children wont be able to afford a university or college education.

There is a tremendous need to invest in the post-secondary system now, said Brian OKeefe, representing CUPE Ontario at the news conference to release the findings.