Friday, February 18, 2011
Ask Americans about the number of federal holidays, and the answer is – enough is enough.
Twenty-eight percent (28%) of American Adults, in fact, say there are already too many federal holidays, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Thirteen percent (13%) say there aren’t enough of them. But most Americans (53%) say the number of federal holidays is about right. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Only eight percent (8%) of government employees think there are too many federal holidays, compared to 25% of those who work in the private sector. Seventy percent (70%) of those who work for the government say the number of holidays is about right, a view shared by a plurality (49%) of private sector workers.
The National Taxpayers Union has estimated that a federal holiday costs roughly $450 million in holiday pay and salary for lost productivity, but it’s important to note that our question did not include that information.
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on February 15-16, 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.
ORBecome a member and get full access to all articles and polls starting at $4.95/month.
Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.
We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.
Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $4.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.
To learn more about our methodology, click here.