While receiving a formal education is the recommended path to success in the United States, plenty of people have made comfortable lives for themselves by relying on the skills they were able to acquire outside a classroom setting.

So does this mean “street smarts” are as important as “book smarts?”

According to a Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 adults, not quite. Sixty-six percent of the poll’s respondents answered that formal education is the key to success, whereas as 21 percent said street smarts will do more for you. Fourteen percent aren’t sure where they stand on the book smarts versus street smarts debate.

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