social mediaA majority of adults nationwide continues to believe that those who work for the government have it easier than those in the private sector and get paid more for it.

Sixty-six percent (66%) of American adults believe private sector workers work harder than government workers, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Just eight percent (8%) say government employees are the harder workers, but another 25% are undecided.
The survey question is listed below:
1 Do you know anyone who is out of work and looking for a job?
2 Do you know anyone who, out of frustration with the difficult job market, has given up looking for a job?
3 Is the job market better than it was a year ago, worse than it was a year ago or about the same?
4 A year from today will unemployment be higher than it is today, lower than it is today or about the same as it is today?
5 If people can’t find work after an extended period of time, should the federal government hire them, pay for their retraining, extend their unemployment benefits indefinitely or do nothing at all?
6 If the federal government hires more people, is that good for the economy, bad for the economy, or does it have no impact on the economy?
7 Do government workers have more job security or less job security than workers in the private sector?

8 Who works harder, government workers or workers in the private sector?

9 Does the average government worker earn more annually than the average private sector worker?

The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 1-2, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.