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Voters Skeptical About Fairness of Hiring Practices in Business World

Voters nationwide aren’t exactly confident that most employers in the business world are hiring the best candidates.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows that only 40% believe that, when choosing between people of different races or genders, most employers choose the best person for the job. Nearly as many (36%) don’t think most employers choose the best person for the job, while another 24% aren’t sure. (To see survey question wording, click here).

Voters are more divided than they were a year ago, when 44% said most employers still choose the best person for the job and 33% felt otherwise.

While nearly half of men (48%) believe most employers hire the best people, a plurality of women (39%) feels the opposite is true.

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The national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted July 22-23, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error for each survey 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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