26% Say Laying Off 100,000 Federal Workers Would Help Economy, 49% Disagree
3% Say Ivy League Schools Produce Better Workers
Americans Say Pay Should Be Based on Performance Instead of Education, Seniority
National Survey of
Conducted March 9-10, 2011
By Rasmussen Reports
1* Suppose you had two workers doing the same job for the same company. One had a higher level of education but the other one gets more done at work. Which worker should be paid more, or should they be paid the same amount?
2* Okay, again consider two workers doing the same job for the same company. Suppose that one has more seniority but the other one gets more done at work. Which worker should be paid more, or should they be paid the same amount?
3* Fine, what if the choice was between one worker with more seniority and the other with a higher level of education? Which worker should be paid more, or should they be paid the same amount?
4* Suppose you had two workers who worked for the same company at the same job and put in the same hours. If one worker gets more done than the other, should that worker be paid more?
5* Generally speaking, are people who go to Ivy League schools like Harvard and Yale better workers than people who went to other colleges?
6* Do people who work harder generally make more money than others?
7* When a company hires someone, the employer costs include a number of taxes and benefits for items like health insurance. Additionally, each employee pays taxes on the money they earn. Suppose a company spends $60,000 to hire a worker. After the cost of taxes and benefits, how much of that money does the employee get to keep?
8* Suppose the federal government laid off 100,000 workers to help reduce government spending. Would laying off 100,000 federal government workers be good for the economy, bad for the economy, or have no impact on the economy?
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence