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71% Say Formal Education Key to Success in Life, Not Street Smarts

Most Americans continue to believe that what you learn inside the classroom is more valuable than what’s learned on the outside.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 71% of American Adults say formal education is more important for success in life than street smarts.  Only 17% say street smarts are more valuable, while 12% are not sure.  (To see survey question wording, click here.) [link]

These findings show little change from surveys dating back to early August 2008.  [link to 72% Say Books Best for School Children]

With summer vacation in full swing, a majority of Americans now believe children need to spend more time in school.  However, they are against a 12-month school calendar.  [link to 56% Say Children Need To Spend More Time in School]

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The national telephone survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on July 19-20, 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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