Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Which profession is worthy of the highest salary? The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey reveals that among a variety of occupations, 30% of Americans think that teachers should get paid the most.
Military personnel and doctors lag behind at 14% and 13% respectively. Just 10% believe business leaders should get the highest salary.
Only nine percent (9%) feel the President of the United States, who currently earns $400,000 a year, should get top wages.
Despite their dangerous work, only five percent (5%) think policemen are worthy of the highest earnings.
Interestingly, the last two professions include some of the highest earners in America. Overall, just four percent (4%) think celebrities should get paid the most, while only two percent (2%) say the same about professional athletes. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
In May 2009, 30% said the government should limit the pay for athletes and movie stars.
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on March 1-2, 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.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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