October 13, 2011

Aspirations are high, but experience and education are lacking

by Valerie J. Calderon

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Many students in the U.S. have entrepreneurial aspirations and energy that could help drive future job creation in the country. Nearly 8 in 10 students (77%) in grades 5 through 12 say they want to be their own boss, 45% say they plan to start their own business, and 42% say they will invent something that changes the world.

U.S. Students' Entrepreneurial Aspirations

The findings are from a nationally representative Gallup Student Poll conducted May 17-June 4, 2011, with 1,721 students in grades 5 through 12, and are released in partnership with Operation HOPE. The entrepreneurship and financial literacy items discussed in this article make up the Gallup-HOPE Index.

Read the complete Index results here at Gallup.com.


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