Do Government Workers Really Need a Raise?
Congress is considering a huge pay increase for federal employees, but a plurality of Americans think government workers are already better off than employees in the private sector.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 45% of American Adults believe the average government worker earns more annually than the average private sector worker. That’s almost identical to last September’s survey, but the number has ranged as high as 58% in surveys since 2010. Twenty-eight percent (28%) now don’t think government employees are paid more than private sector workers, and another 27% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The survey of 1,000 U.S. American Adults was conducted on May 29-30, 2022 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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