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Americans Are Less Interested in Being Teachers

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Americans still have a very high opinion of teaching, but more than ever say it's not a job most people consider pursuing.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 67% of American Adults view being a teacher as one of the most important jobs in our country today. That's down from a high of 76% in 2012 but more in line with regular surveying since 2008.  Twenty-three percent (23%) don't consider teaching that important, while 10% are undecided.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 800 Adults was conducted on April 8-9, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3.5 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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