Poll: Higher Education Helps Utahns Get Happier, Wealthier

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

A new poll presented Wednesday to lawmakers shows that Utahns who earn a postsecondary degree or certificate earn more money, rate themselves as happier and use fewer public assistance programs than those who don’t.

The poll, by Dan Jones & Associates, was commissioned by Prosperity 2020, "a business-led movement to advance educational investment and innovation," according to a news release issued by the group.

Poll results were given Wednesday to the Utah Legislature’s Higher Education Subcommittee, meeting in Lehi.

"The fact that those who obtain a level of education beyond high school make more money won’t surprise many," said Mark Bouchard, senior managing director of CB Richard Ellis and chairman of Prosperity 2020, in the news release. "What we see from the survey is that the benefits go well beyond the paycheck."

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