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Americans View Teaching As Important But Not Desirable Profession

Americans continue to place high importance on teaching as a profession but don’t think many are clamoring to become teachers.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 71% of American Adults now view being a teacher as one of the most important jobs in our country today. That’s up from 67% in April 2015  but down from a high of 76% in 2012.  Just 19% don't consider teaching that important, while 10% are undecided.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on February 8-9, 2017 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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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on February 8-9, 2017 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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