54% Say It Should Be Against the Law to Require College Degree for Jobs When Degree is Not Relevant to Job Duties

Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters believe it should be against the law to require a college degree for jobs when the degree is not relevant to job duties. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 29% disagree and 17% are not sure.

These views are shared widely across partisan and demographic lines. However, those with a bachelor’s degree but not a postgraduate degree are less supportive. Among such voters 47% believe requiring a degree should be against the law while 40% disagree.

Fifty-five percent (55%) of those with a postgraduate degree believe it should be against the law. So do 58% of those with some college experience and 54% of those who have never attended college.

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Many jobs today require a college degree to be considered, even when the degree is not relevant to the job duties. Should it be against the law to require a college degree for jobs when the degree is not relevant to job duties?

54%    Yes

29%    No

17%    Not sure


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on December 8-10, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.


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