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Most Workers Say Current Company Offers Best Opportunity for Advancement

For the first time in over a year, a slight majority of working Americans say staying with their current company offers the best opportunity for advancement.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Employed Adults shows that 51% believe they will have a better opportunity for career advancement if they stay with their current company. Thirty-two percent (32%) think going to work somewhere else is a better option for advancement. Another 17% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

While the number who prefers looking somewhere else to advance their career is little changed from August, the number who feels the opposite is up six points since that time and is the highest level measured in over a year.

Adding to this optimism is the fact that 73% of working adults say that when they do leave their current job, it will be their choice to do so. That’s the highest level reached in over a year as well. Only eight percent (8%) believe it will be their employer’s choice for them to leave. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure.

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The survey of 465 Employed Adults was conducted on October 31-November 1, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 5 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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