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48% Want Lifetime Ban on Regulators Working For Companies They Oversee

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Americans are fed up with the so-called "revolving door." They feel even more strongly that government regulators should be banned entirely from working for the companies they regulate and want more transparency regarding contacts between regulators and members of Congress.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of American Adults favor at least a five-year ban on regulators working for companies they regulate, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national survey. That includes 48% who think regulators should be banned for life from working for the companies they oversee, showing a 16-point jump from two years ago  Just eight percent (8%) say there should be no ban on regulators working for those companies. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on June 17-18, 2013 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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