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‘Elite’? Americans Not Impressed With Ivy League

Graduates of Ivy League universities may think they’re better than everybody else, but Americans overwhelmingly disagree.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 10% of American Adults believe, generally speaking, people who go to Ivy League schools like Harvard and Yale are better workers than people who went to other colleges. Seventy-five percent (75%) do not think Ivy League students make better workers. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided. The last time we asked this question, in 2011, only three percent (3%) thought Ivy Leaguers were better. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,232 American Adults was conducted June 10-12, 2024 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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