35% Love Their Jobs, Older Workers the Happiest

Thirty-five percent (35%) of American workers love their current jobs. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that another 45% derive some satisfaction from their work while just 20% see their jobs as just a means to an end.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of all respondents say they have at least a somewhat favorable view of their primary boss, and 75% say they have at least a somewhat favorable view of their co-workers. Those figures include 36% with a Very Favorable opinion of their boss and 36% with such a high opinion of their co-workers.

Fifty-percent (50%) of workers 65 and older say they love their jobs, by far the happiest age group among all respondents. The next closest are the 35% of Americans aged 18-to-34 who say they love their jobs.

Thirty-two percent (32%) of voters with incomes less than $75,000 per year say they love their jobs compared to 39% of Americans earnings more than $75,000 per year who say the same (see crosstab results).

Men are also a bit more likely than women to have a strongly positive view of their jobs, with 39% of males saying they love their job compared to 31% of female workers.

Attitudes Americans have about their jobs are more important to the economy now that the U.S. unemployment rate is the lowest in nearly 50 years at 3.7%. The tight labor market is giving more working Americans the confidence to quit jobs they’re unhappy with, even if they don’t have a definite new job lined up.

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The national survey of 1,072 Registered Voters was conducted December 27-28, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The sample included 602 working Americans. Data based upon the subset of workers has a 4.0 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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