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Questions - Regulators - May 20-21, 2011

74% Favor Banning Regulators From Working For Those They Regulate For At Least Five Years
51% Think It’s Bribery When A Company Offers A Government Regulator A Job
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National Survey of 1,000 Adults
Conducted May 20-21, 2011
By Rasmussen Reports


1* Suppose a government regulator is responsible for making a decision which would have a significant impact on the future of a business. If the regulator rules in favor of the company and then goes to work for the company, is that a conflict of interest?



2* Do companies that regularly hire former government employees get better treatment from regulators?



3* Should companies that offer jobs to regulators be banned from doing business with the government?



4* Do some companies routinely hire former regulators specifically to get favorable treatment from the government?


5* Some people believe there should be a ban on regulators going to work for companies they oversee. Should there be a lifetime ban on regulators working for companies they regulate, a five-year ban, or no ban on regulators working for companies they regulate?



6* When a company offers a regulator a job, is that a form of a bribe?



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