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Gallup Poll College and Career

New Gallup Poll Reveals Only 1 in 4 U.S. Adults Believe Students Are Prepared for College and Career

A new survey by Gallup released today reveals that only 1 in 4 U.S. adults (25 percent) believe most high school students are prepared for success in college.  Roughly the same percentage of respondents (22 percent) believe high school graduates are prepared for success in the workplace.  

The poll, conducted on behalf of Communities In Schools, was released today at the organization’s inaugural Milliken Dialogues and Policy Summit at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The focus of the summit is Supporting All Students for College, Career, and Civic Engagement.  

Among U.S. adults, concerns about preparedness for college and career were consistent across all demographics, including gender, ethnicity, income and education. Younger U.S. adults were most likely to report they believed graduates are unprepared. Approximately 22 percent of respondents aged 15-24 believe grads are not at all prepared, compared with 15 percent of those aged 50 and over.  

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