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89% Say New Graduates Will Have Tough Time Finding a Job

Saturday, June 04, 2011

With most college graduations over and high school graduations in progress, the impending entry into the “real world” is on the minds of many young adults, and often, the first thought is finding a job. But Americans overwhelmingly believe that won't be easy for this year's graduates.

With most college graduations over and high school graduations in progress, the impending entry into the “real world” is on the minds of many young adults, and often, the first thought is finding a job. But Americans overwhelmingly believe that won't be easy for this year's graduates.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 89% of American Adults say it will be at least somewhat difficult for recent graduates to find a job in the current economy. That includes 56% who say it will be Very Difficult. Just eight percent (8%) think it won't be very or at all difficult for the new grads to find work. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Those with someone in the family graduating high school or college this year are even more pessimistic:  95% think it will be somewhat difficult for them to find jobs, including a whopping 75% who say it will be Very Difficult.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on May 28-29, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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