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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What America Thinks: Working Hard or Hardly Working?

It’s no secret that many Americans work hard, but work-life balance remains important to them, too. We decided to find out what America thinks about work these days.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) think Americans work harder than people in most other countries, but 26% say they don't work as hard. Just a third of voters agreed with then-presidential candidate Jeb Bush last year when he said Americans needed to work harder and work longer hours to help get the U.S. economy back on its feet. Most agreed with Hillary Clinton that Americans are working pretty hard already and don't need to work longer hours. Rather, they need to get paid more.

Sixty-one percent (61%) work 40 hours or more a week. Only 34% work less than that. But regardless of how much they work, just over half of Americans prefer a set schedule during the work week with the freedom to ignore all work-related contact outside that time. Thirty-six percent (36%) like a more flexible schedule even though it includes responding to contacts about work during their off-hours.

Most Americans employed full time say they have a better chance for advancement by staying with their current company rather than switching to a new one. Nearly half expect to be earning more money a year from now.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.