Rick Santorum, Non-Snob, Wins Among Non-College Graduates In Michigan Primary

02/28/2012 11:29 pm ET | Updated Apr 29, 2012
  • Elise Foley Immigration And Politics Reporter, Huffington Post

Rick Santorum insisted over the past week that President Barack Obama is a snob for saying all Americans should get an opportunity to go to college. On Tuesday, he did well among non-college graduates in Michigan, coming in ahead of his rivals in exit polls.

In Michigan, the 41 percent of voters who never attended college supported Santorum, versus 35 percent who supported Romney, according to CNN. Santorum also won among voters who had attended some college, 38 percent of whom supported him, polls found.

Voters were almost evenly split, in the exit polls, between college graduates and non-college graduates, and Santorum won 39 percent of those without college diplomas. Forty-four percent of college graduates supported Romney.

Santorum has made an issue of the supposed snobbishness of Obama's higher education plans, mischaracterizing the president's stance on four-year colleges. Obama has pushed for post-high school education, but not necessarily in four-year colleges, instead proposing funds for education at community college and workplace development.

"President Obama has said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob," Santorum said on Saturday. "There are good, decent men and women who go out and work hard every day, and put their skills to test, who aren't taught by some liberal college professor (who) tries to indoctrinate them. I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image. I want to create jobs so people can remake their children into their image, not his."

Santorum holds two advanced degrees, a master's in business and a law degree, and his eldest daughter, Elizabeth, attends University of Dallas.

In Arizona, Romney won among all education levels, according to CNN.

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