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Most Americans Still Think Those in Private Sector Work Harder, Earn Less Than Government Employees

August 17, 2011 Comments off

Most Americans Still Think Those in Private Sector Work Harder, Earn Less Than Government Employees
Source: Rasmussen Reports

Americans still overwhelmingly believe that those employed in the private sector work harder than government workers but receive less compensation and have less job security.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that 70% say private sector employees work harder than their counterparts in the government. That’s up four points from June and is just a point below the highest result measured in December 2009  . Only 11% think government employees work harder than those in the private sector. Nineteen percent (19%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Seventy percent (70%) also think government workers have more job security than those in the private sector, a seven-point jump from June. This finding was slightly higher in December 2009 when 74% said government workers have more job security. Just nine percent (9%) now say government employees have less job security than private sector workers, while 14% say the level of security is about the same for both.

Fifty-four percent (54%) say the average government worker earns more money annually than the average private sector worker, a finding that has ranged from a low of 52% in June to a high of 59% last reached in October 2010. Just 29% disagree and say government workers do not generally earn more than private sector workers, while another 16% are undecided.

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