Poll: Majority of Americans Support Cutting Size of Government Workforce

By | February 9, 2010 | 7:16 PM EST

West front of U.S. Capitol on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP photo)

(CNSNews.com) -- A Rasmussen Reports poll shows that 58 percent of Americans support cutting the size of the government workforce to reduce the deficit, while 22 percent oppose the idea and 19 percent are “not sure.”
The Feb. 5 poll also found that 51 percent support cutting pay for non-military government employees, while 32 percent opposed the idea and 17 percent are not sure.
Roughly three-fifths of Americans (59 percent) believe government workers earn more money than the average taxpayer, according to the poll, while 15 percent believe that they do not, and 26 percent are undecided.
Rank-and-file representatives in the U.S. House receive an annual salary of $174,000, while the Speaker of the House receives $223,000. The majority and minority leaders both claim $193,400 a year.
The rank-and-file senator also makes $174,000 a year while the Majority Party Leader and Minority Party Leader in the Senate both take in $194,400, in 2010.
As for staffers, limits are placed on how much money they can make. As of 2007, the maximum salary for a staffer in a member’s office was $156,000, while committee staffers may be eligible for a slightly higher salary.