60% Not Convinced Economic Benefits of College Can Justify the Costs

Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters recognize that college graduates generally earn more than those without a degree. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey shows that figure jumps to 77% among those with a college degree.

Overall, 19% don’t believe a degree leads to higher incomes and 19% are not sure.

However, only 40% believe that just about anyone with a college degree should be able to earn enough money to pay back their loans. Sixty percent (60%) say that’s not true. Those with a college degree are evenly divided on the question. This suggests that most Americans have doubts about whether the economic benefits of a college degree can be justified by the cost of getting that degree.

Forty-nine percent (49%) of Republicans believe those with a college degree can generally earn enough to pay off their loans. Just 37% of Democrats and 34% of Independents agree (see crosstab results).

Data released earlier shows that 29% of voters consider student loan debt in the U.S. to be a crisis.

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.  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.

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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted April 27-28, 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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