Success without a degree?
By a three-to-one margin Americans do not think a college degree is needed to be successful. In a Poll Position scientific national telephone survey we asked if a college degree is necessary to be successful. Seventy-two percent said no, a degree is not needed, 24% said a degree is necessary and 5% had no opinion.
Men and women weighed in with very close results on the issue. Seventy-two percent of men and women said a degree is not needed to be successful. Twenty-four percent of women said a degree is necessary to succeed while 23% of men said so as well.
Independents felt most strongly with 78% saying no degree is needed to 17% saying one is. Among Democrats, 72% said no degree was needed versus 22% who said one was. Sixty-six percent of Republicans said no degree was needed compared to 32% saying it is necessary to have a degree to be successful.
Young people polled the highest for needing a degree to be successful. In the 18-29 year old group, 42% said a degree is needed to 55% who said it is not necessary to have a degree to be successful.
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,033 adults nationwide was conducted October 6, 2011 and has a margin of error of ±3%.
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