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Voters Want to See the Best People in Government Jobs

Thursday, May 31, 2018

With confidence in the economy and the job market at record highs, support for putting the best people into government work is up, especially among young, Democratic voters. This comes as President Trump recently signed a series of executive orders that, among other things, will make it easier for employers to fire federal employees.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is better for America if the best people take government jobs, while 27% think it is better if the best people go to work in the private sector. Just as many (28%), though, are undecided over which is better for the nation. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 28-29, 2018 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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