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Americans Work A Lot, But They Like It

Employed Americans work long hours, but most enjoy their workday.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 55% of Working Americans work more than 40 hours per week, including 27% who work more than 50 hours. Thirty percent (30%) work 40 hours or less, including 12% who only work 20-30 hours a week and eight percent (8%) who work less than 20 hours a week. Ten percent (10%) of working Americans work between 30 and 40 hours per week. Another 14% are not sure how many hours a week they typically work. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 645 Working Americans was conducted on April 2-3, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 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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