14% Believe It’s Too Easy To Fire Federal Employees; 46% Say Too Hard

Only 14% of voters believe it’s currently too easy to fire career federal employees, 46% believe it’s too difficult to fire them.

On a related topic, a ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 58% believe former elected officials and bureaucrats should not be allowed to work in private industries they once regulated or legislated. Forty-two percent (42%) disagree.

President Trump made news after his inauguration by promising to impose a five year lobbying ban on his cabinet members and appointees when they leave the administration. Critics have pointed out that the ban is too narrow.

These results were consistent across many demographic groups, but younger voters bucked the trend. Most Millennials (56%) oppose that employment restriction on former federal workers and elected officials.

That’s consistent with data released earlier showing that younger voters are more likely to prefer an efficient government over a system with checks and balances. They are also more likely than their elders to prefer government by policy experts over representative democracy.

The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 30-31, 2018 by  ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

These generational divides are also seen in data showing a growing appreciation for socialism among younger voters. However, most who say they have a favorable opinion of socialism do not believe it means a more powerful government and higher taxes.

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