Poll: Only 15% Say It’s More Honorable to Work for Gov’t Than for Private Company

May 23, 2012 - 2:56 PM

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(CNSNews.com) – Only 15 percent of Americans believe it is more honorable to work for the government than it is to work in the private sector, according to a new poll by Rasmussen Reports.

In the national survey, 1,000 likely voters were asked, “Is it more honorable to work for the government than it is for a private company?” and only 15 percent of respondents said yes.

Sixty-one percent of the people polled said it was not more honorable to work for the government than a private firm. The remaining 24 percent said they were not sure.

According to the data, “Democrats believe more strongly than Republicans and voters not affiliated with either major political party that it is more honorable to work for the government,” reported Rasmussen.

However, the poll also found that only 31 percent said it would be good for every citizen to do two years of military service; 58 percent said it would not be good for the country. In addition, only 29 percent said it would help America if citizens spent two years in the Peace Corps or a similar organization, while 58 percent said this would not help the country.

“[M]ost voters in nearly every demographic category do not rate government service as more honorable than working for a private company,” said Rasmussen.

Among union members, only 25 percent said working for government is more honorable (than working in private sector) and 48 percent said it was not. For non-union members, 63 percent said it was not more honorable to work for the government.

Also, 80 percent of Americans who identified as Tea Party members said they did not agree that it was more honorable to work for the government than a private company.

The telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted May 20-21; the margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points.