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Worker Output Trumps Seniority, Education When It Comes to Pay

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ask Americans who should get paid more, and they continue to believe the hardest workers should take home bigger checks than those with greater seniority or a higher level of education.

Sixty-two percent (62%) of American Adults think that given two workers with the same job at the same company the one who gets more done should be paid more than the one who has more seniority. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 16% feel the worker with more time on the job should get more pay, while another 16% say the two workers should be paid the same amount. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on June 12-13, 2012 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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