Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters believe most students would benefit from working a full-time job for a couple of years before attending college. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 24% disagree and 22% are not sure.
Additionally, 72% believe it would be better to work while going to school and graduating debt free after eight years rather than taking out student loans. Twenty-eight percent (28%) believe it would be better to take out student loans, go to school full-time, and graduate in four years.
On both questions, there is broad agreement across demographic groups (see crosstab results).
The survey also found that 51% believe the federal government has too much influence over colleges and universities. Forty-nine percent (49%) say the same about standardized tests and 48% about state governments.
Most believe that parents (58%), students (54%), and teachers (53%) have too little influence over colleges and universities.
These results are similar to the attitudes found about K-12 education.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted March 5-6, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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