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Most Want Businesses to Offer More Jobs to Those Without Degrees

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

The New York Times in December ran a story expressing concern over a new trend in Montana. The state’s energy boom was forcing companies to offer $50,000 a year jobs to high school graduates (and $50,000 goes further in Montana than in New York City).  The Times article highlighted concerns that such well-paying jobs might lure students into the workforce rather than college.

However, 51% of American Adults believe it would be better for our country if more businesses offered jobs to high school graduates rather than requiring a college degree. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 33% disagree.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Still, 54% think just about any good student who wants to attend college can find a way to do so. Just 32% disagree. Younger adults are even more convinced that good students can find a way to finance a college education.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 6-7, 2013 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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