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48 percent of Americans don’t think college grads have the skills to get a job

Unemployed college graduates "Hire Me"Students walking across the stage at graduation this spring probably feel like they can conquer the world, but a majority of Americans aren’t nearly as enthused about their capabilities.

As a new Rasmussen Reports poll reveals, only 27 percent of Americans say that college graduates have the skills they need to get jobs and 48 percent say they don’t have the necessary skills. The remaining 25 percent weren’t sure. But when 59 percent of Americans also believe a college education is “very important” for getting a job, that’s not good news.

At least those polled had more faith in college graduates than those who simply had a high school diploma. Only 21 percent of Americans said those kids had the skills needed to acquire jobs.

But when there are so few jobs to begin with — and youth unemployment was at 11.1 percent in April — Americans also don’t think the prospects are very good for this year’s graduates. A whopping 88 percent of those polled said it will be difficult for the class of 2013 to find jobs after graduation.

Women, Democrats and adults with children at home were most likely to say college students are equipped with the necessary skills to get jobs.

The Rasmussen poll of 1,000 American adults was conducted on May 2 and 3. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points.



  1. Roger says:

    I’d have too agree with the 48% and today its worse as the young ADULTS getting out of Colleges now days are far less skilled with anything that could earn them a living unless they get a law degree and pas a bar or go too medical school and that profession is getting shaky with the new Obama car cost and cuts to their ranks .. To many Computer science and stuff like that flooding the markets .
    My 1st Cousin in the 60’s went to school to avoid the draft I took up the family trade did my tour came home Started working as in licensed skilled labor as a Plumber and HVAC Trade then moved over to the electrical trade to do controls and got those needed Cards made a great living opened my own shop had a few trucks on the road my college smart cousin ended up working for me and as a helper with a degree in some carp from the American University in D.C He tried teaching school for a bit no money there.. And under Jimmy Carter things was far worse then now with I call him Jimmy Lite .. only this fool got two terms thanks to the college and hight school kids with no real marketable skills . I hired more then one degreed person as helpers most stayed with it.. Ever see the Old movie Money Pit ? My two best Buddie’s are Family care Drs. we always used my boat and Home in Hatteras it was large enough to go 50 -100 miles out in ..(: