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Fewer Americans See The Value In A Four-Year College

Financial-strapped private colleges are closing around the country at an alarming rate, a recent report said. While most Americans still think a college degree is essential to finding employment, fewer adults these days see the value in a four-year institution. Still, most don’t think the college market is too crowded.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 84% of American Adults say, in terms of finding a job in today’s economy, a college degree is at least Somewhat Important, including 41% who believe it’s Very Important. Thirteen percent (13%) don’t think a college degree is important, with two percent (2%) who think it’s Not at all Important. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 24 and 27, 2019 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 American Adults was conducted on January 24 and 27, 2019 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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