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Americans Place Even More Importance on a College Degree

Friday, July 15, 2016

While there’s disagreement over how to help students pay for it, Americans still overwhelmingly believe in the importance of a college degree to gaining employment.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 90% of American Adults think a college degree is at least somewhat important to finding a job in today’s economy, with 51% who think it is Very Important. That overall figure is up from 82% two years ago. Just nine (9%) feel a college degree is not very or Not At All Important when it comes to finding work. (To see survey question wording click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 10-11, 2016  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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