44% See Firms In Their Area Hiring; 17% See Layoffs

Forty-four percent (44%) of voters nationwide say that firms in their area are more likely to hiring rather than laying people off. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 17% think layoffs are more common where they live. Twenty-two percent (22%) say firms where they live are neither hiring nor laying workers off and 18% are not sure.

There is little difference on this question between urban, suburban, and rural voters.

Voters over 35 are more upbeat in their assessment than younger voters.

Forty-nine percent (49%) of Democrats see firms in their area hiring. So do 47% of Republicans. However, only 35% of Independent voters agree.

The survey also found that 28% report that their own finances are getting better while 21% say worse.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 15-17, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 261 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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