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Bulletin Poll: Going Back to School

How likely is it that you will go back to school or take classes of some type this year?

Total

50-64

65+

Likely

16%

21%

7%

Unlikely

84%

79%

92%

 

Why do you think you will return to school? (asked of those who are likely to go back to school)

Total

50-64

65+

Want to complete my degree

19%

22%

7%

Want to sharpen skills that might help on the job

47%

52%

23%

Strictly for pleasure

39%

32%

71%

Want to make more money

21%

24%

7%

Want to increase opportunities for promotion

21%

24%

4%

None of the above

6%

7%

1%

 

Where do you think you will return to school?

Total

50-64

65+

Community college

30%

28%

38%

College or university

16%

16%

14%

Continuing education classes

19%

18%

25%

Online courses

15%

15%

13%

Training program

19%

22%

5%

Don’t know

1%

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5%

 

How important to you is it to learn new skills that might help you in this difficult economy?

Total

50-64

65+

Important

27%

35%

14%

Not important

48%

38%

66%

 

When was the last time you enrolled in classes?

Total

50-64

65+

Less than a year ago

10%

13%

4%

1 to 5 years ago

15%

19%

8%

5 to 10 years ago

10%

12%

8%

10 to 15 years ago

7%

8%

7%

More than 15 years ago

57%

49%

72%

Survey of 1,006 adults age 50 and older conducted by ICR between July 22 and Aug. 2, 2009.

 

 

 

 

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