Some companies and colleges are requiring applicants to provide full access to their Facebook pages, and most Americans don’t like the idea.
However, one-in-three think it's okay for employers to fire workers who post inappropriate content on the social networking site.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that only 19% believe it would be appropriate for a potential employer to ask for access to their Facebook page as part of the hiring process.
Most (69%) don’t believe this is appropriate, while 12% are undecided.
The survey is listed here:
1 Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of Facebook?
2 Has Facebook been good or bad for society?
3 Suppose you were looking for a job. As part of the hiring process, is it appropriate for a potential employer to ask for access to your Facebook page?
4 Should it be against the law for companies to review the Facebook pages of job applicants?
5 Is it appropriate for colleges to require access to the Facebook pages of potential students?
6 Should employers be allowed to fire employees for posting inappropriate content or comments on their Facebook page?
7 Do you have a Facebook page?
8 Do you use Facebook primarily for business or personal reasons? (Answered by 494 Adults who have a Facebook page)
9 Are there things on your Facebook page that would cause a potential employer to have doubts about hiring you? (Answered by 494 Adults who have a Facebook page)
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on March 8-9, 2012 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.