Scott Walker Doesn't Possess a College Degree, But it Could Work in His Favor

| MAY 27, 2015 | 7:43 PM
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential GOP candidate for president in 2016, lacks one paper credential: a college degree.

Walker, who dropped out of college during his senior year at Marquette University, was just 34 credits shy of receiving a bachelor's degree in 1990.

Carrie Sheffield, a journalist for Forbes, doesn't think voters should prioritize a college degree for their president:

“There is nothing in the Constitution that says a President must have a master's or college degree. I would rather have a president with courage and no degree, than a president with an Ivy League degree and no courage.”

If Walker wants to connect with average Americans, his lack of a college degree might actually have some appeal. Out of the 209.3 million people in the United States over 25 years old, 68% didn't graduate from a four-year university program.

In fact, according to Bloomberg, another Presidential hopeful, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) never finished his undergraduate degree, either (of course Dr. Paul's medical exam scores took him straight into his graduate studies).

There are lots of examples of influential people who lack a college degree, such as Bill Gates, Rush Limbaugh and Kanye West. In politics, 19 members of Congress don't have advanced formal education, and in the past, Americans elected 9 different presidents who lacked degrees.

A survey from Public Policy Polling shows that 62% of Americans think a college degree is important for a Presidential candidate. But a closer look at likely Republican voters shows a split: 45% said a degree is important and 45% said they don't care about a candidate's education.

A limited poll of New Hampshire voters, by NH1 News, shows that 85% of likely conservative and independent voters said a college degree was not that important:

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NH1 News

CNN reports, when Walker himself was asked about it himself, he said:

“I got to be governor without it,” he said of not having a college degree. “So I don't think it's any base requirement out there.”

He pointed to his rise through Wisconsin's political ranks as evidence that voters judge officials based on their performance in office, not by whether they have a diploma.

“I don't think I needed a college degree to be in the state assembly or to be county executive or to be governor. I don't know about any other position," he said. "But in the end I think most people, for example [as] governor, judge me based on performance and what we're able to do.”

If Walker decides to officially run for president, voters will most likely weigh how he governed Wisconsin as more important than his personal education decisions.