51% Think It’s Bribery When A Company Offers A Government Regulator A Job
The “revolving door” is a standard feature in Washington, D.C., with people regularly going back and forth between government and private industry jobs. The practice raises conflict-of-interest questions but is generally quite legal. Voters, however, think it smacks of bribery.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% of American Adults think that when a company offers a government regulator a job, it’s a form of a bribe. Just 22% say it’s not a bribe, but another 27% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Americans believe some companies routinely hire regulators to get favorable treatment from the government, and nearly as many (53%) think companies that regularly hire former regulators get that special treatment. Hardly anybody believes this doesn’t happen.
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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on May 20-21, 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.
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