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66% Believe Government Workers Have More Job Security than Private Sector Workers

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Most Americans still believe government workers have more job security than those in the private sector.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that 66% believe government workers have more job security than workers in the private sector. Only 12% believe government employees have less job security than private sector workers while 16% it’s all about the same level. (To see survey question wording, click here.

Only 13% of Americans believe government employees work harder than private sector workers. Sixty-six percent (66%) say private employees work harder, but 21% more are not sure. Those numbers are more in line with those found last year.

The 66% who believe public sector workers have more job security is down from 73% in October and 77% in late April of last year. In December 2009, 74% felt this way. 

A majority of government workers (52%) believe they have more job security than private sector workers, a sentiment shared by 64% of private sector workers.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on February 25-26, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


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