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Questions - Public Employee Pensions - March 2-3, 2011

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National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted March 2-3, 2011
By Rasmussen Reports

 

1* How closely have you followed recent news stories about pension plans provided for government employees?

 

2* Generally speaking, do government workers get better pensions than private sector workers?

 

3* Suppose someone joins the police force at age 20 and stays for 25 years until they retire at age 45. Should that person receive a full pension for life at age 45 or should that person find another job and wait until they retire at around age 65 to receive their full pension?

 

4* Suppose someone becomes a teacher right out of college and stays for 30 years until they retire at age 52. Should that person receive a full pension for life at age 52 or should that person find another job and wait until they retire at around age 65 to receive their full pension?

 

5* How likely is it that your state will be able to afford all the pension benefits it has promised to state workers?

 

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence