Eleven percent (11%) of voters nationwide believe that government employees are more ethical than private sector workers. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 44% hold the opposite view and believe more ethical behavior is found in the private sector. Forty-five percent (45%) believe there is no difference.
Part of this comes from general perceptions of government. Eighty-seven percent (87%) of voters believe corruption is widespread in the federal government.
Scott Rasmussen’s latest book notes that many in politics seek to perpetuate a myth that working for the government is more honorable than private sector endeavors. However, just 36% believe that “the difference between government and the private sector is that governments look out for the common good. The private sector is where people merely look out for themselves.”
Younger voters are a bit more likely than their elders to see government employees as more honorable. However, even among the youngest voters, just 17% believe government employees are more ethical. Forty percent (40%) take the opposite view (see crosstab results).
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted January 25-26, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). Results for the full sample have a +/- 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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