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Education Levels and Political Preferences State by State 41 Days Before Election Day, 2016

Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
TARPLEY.net
September 28, 2016

This table shows 50 states and the District of Columbia ranked in descending order of educational attainment as measured by the percentage of their respective populations currently holding a bachelor’s degree. For each state in which recent polling is available, those results are indicated in the column marked “Election 2016.” Senator Bernie Sanders today noted that while the United States once led the world in the percentage of young people graduating from college, we have now slipped to number fifteen in this important category. This situation underlines the need to restore the US competitive position in the world with free college in public institutions for working people and the middle class all across the country, supplemented by debt-free college for other qualified applicants. This is an issue which compels the attention of all Americans who are concerned about the nation’s future.

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State Election 2016 HS Grad HS Rank Bach.Degree Bach.RankSort ASC Adv.Degree Adv.Rank
District of Columbia Clinton +40 87.1% 48.5% 28%
Massachusetts Clinton +26 89% 19 38.2% 1 16.4% 1
Maryland Clinton +33 89% 20 37.3% 2 16% 2
Colorado Clinton +2 89.3% 17 35.9% 3 12.7% 8
Connecticut Clinton +15 88.6% 21 35.6% 4 15.5% 3
New Jersey Clinton +4 87.4% 27 34.5% 5 12.9% 7
Virginia Clinton +6 86.6% 30 34% 6 14.1% 4
Vermont Clinton +21 91% 5 33.1% 7 13.3% 6
New York Clinton +21 84.7% 34 32.4% 8 14% 5
New Hampshire Clinton +9 91.3% 4 32% 9 11.2% 12
Minnesota Clinton +6 91.5% 2 31.5% 10 10.3% 18
Washington Clinton +12 89.7% 16 31% 11 11.1% 14
Illinois Clinton +6 86.4% 31 30.6% 12 11.7% 9
Rhode Island Clinton +3 84.7% 35 30.5% 13 11.7% 9
California Clinton +16 80.6% 48 29.9% 14 10.7% 15
Hawaii 90.4% 8 29.6% 15 9.9% 21
Kansas Trump +12 89.7% 15 29.5% 16 10.2% 19
Oregon Clinton +15 89.1% 18 29.2% 17 10.4% 16
Delaware Clinton +10 87.4% 26 28.7% 18 11.4% 11
Utah Trump +15 90.4% 9 28.5% 19 9.1% 27
Georgia Trump +6 83.9% 38 27.5% 20 9.9% 21
Montana 90.8% 6 27.4% 21 8.3% 37
Nebraska 89.8% 13 27.4% 22 8.8% 30
Maine tied 90.2% 10 26.9% 23 9.6% 23
Alaska Trump +10 91.4% 3 26.6% 24 9% 28
North Carolina Trump +5 84.3% 36 26.5% 25 8.8% 31
Pennsylvania Clinton +8 87.9% 24 26.4% 26 10.2% 19
North Dakota Trump +11 90.1% 11 25.8% 27 6.7% 48
Wisconsin Clinton +7 89.8% 14 25.7% 28 8.4% 35
Arizona Trump +5 84.2% 37 25.6% 29 9.3% 26
Texas Trump +7 79.9% 50 25.5% 30 8.5% 33
Florida Trump +1 85.3% 33 25.3% 31 9% 28
New Mexico Clinton +9 82.8% 42 25.3% 32 10.4% 16
Missouri Trump +13 86.8% 28 25.2% 33 9.5% 24
Iowa Trump +7 91.4% 3 25.1% 34 7.4% 43
South Dakota 89.9% 12 25.1% 35 7.3% 45
Michigan Clinton +3 87.9% 23 24.6% 36 9.4% 25
South Carolina Trump +15 83.6% 40 24.3% 37 8.4% 35
Ohio Trump +5 87.6% 25 24.1% 38 8.8% 32
Idaho Trump +21 88.4% 22 23.9% 39 7.5% 42
Wyoming Trump +35 91.8% 1 23.8% 40 7.9% 39
Tennessee Trump +16 83.1% 41 23% 41 7.9% 39
Oklahoma Trump +15 85.6% 32 22.7% 42 7.4% 43
Indiana Trump +7 86.6% 29 22.5% 43 8.1% 38
Alabama Trump +24 82.1% 46 22% 44 7.7% 40
Nevada Trump +3 83.9% 39 21.8% 45 7.6% 41
Louisiana Trump +16 82.2% 45 21.4% 46 6.9% 47
Kentucky Trump +16 81.7% 47 21% 47 8.5% 33
Mississippi Trump +13 80.4% 49 19.6% 48 7.1% 46
Arkansas Trump +21 82.4% 44 18.9% 49 6.1% 50
West Virginia Trump +27 82.8% 43 17.3% 50 6.7% 48


References

NOTE: Data last sampled on Friday, September 23, 2016

  1. “Statewide Opinion Polling for the United States Presidential Election, 2016”, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statewide_opinion_polling_for_the_United_States_presidential_election,_2016
  2. “List of U.S. States by Educational Attainment”, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_educational_attainment
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