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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What America Thinks: Is College Really Worth the Cost?

It’s college graduation season again, and things appear to be looking up a bit for this year’s grads. But is college really worth the post-graduate debt many have to take on these days? We decided to find out what America thinks.

While it’s no secret the job market’s tough and most Americans remain convinced it will be difficult for new graduates to find a job, that sentiment is down nine points from this time last year. Still, just 34% believe most college graduates have the skills to enter the workforce, although that’s an improvement from 28% at graduation time a year ago.

The majority of Americans continue to believe a college degree is important to finding a job in today’s economy. After all, more than half think the primary purpose of going to college is to learn the skills needed to get a better job. But these days only 55% feel that college is a good financial investment. That’s been trending down every year from a high of 69% in 2009.

The real action is after college anyway, as far as the vast majority are concerned. Most adults think every American should have some form of post-secondary education, whether it be college or vocational school. But far more believe people learn more practical skills through life experience and work after college than when they’re in school.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.