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Public Employees Stand Alone in their Support for Government Management of the Economy

A new Rasmussen national telephone survey found that 72% of likely voters believe a free market economy performs better than an economy managed by the government. Only 14% favor the government management approach, and 14% are not sure.

A survey finding that most Americans favor free markets may not come as a surprise to many; however, the survey also revealed a startling difference for public sector workers among which nearly half favor government management of the economy. In other words only 14% of likely voters favor government management of the economy compared to 53% of public sector employees. Among private sector employees 75% favor free markets over government management of the economy.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 6-7, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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  • Concerned Citizen||

    East Germany lives in the hearts of public sector "workers".

  • Some Guy||

    Now if we could actually get 72% of voters to actually vote for a free market economy we'd be getting somewhere.

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    I'd like to know what percentage of lawyers favor government management of the economy.
    -Lawyers make up most of the politicians (legislators & governors).
    -When we vote, we usually get a choice between a democrat lawyer and a republican lawyer.

  • Storm||

    I am a Libertarian who happens to be a Federal Govt. employee. I would definitely choose the free market over govt. intervention, I would never call something the govt. touches "management".

  • Storm||

    Clarification to my previous statement. Govt. Intervention = bumbling, destruction, and loss of liberty.

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    Good to know you are there to help them bumble, destroy and take liberties away.

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    As a public employee, I am completely and totally against the government regulating our economy. No business is 'too big to fail' - nor is any government...
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    Let us acknowledge the right for all workers to collective bargaining with the limitation that it is a right, but should not be a condition of employment. The results of collective bargaining are often to the detriment of the workers. The UAW got sweetheart deals, and management looking the other way when workers got less and less productive. Result? Check out the nearest lot for Hondas, Nissans and Toyotas, and check out Detroit's dismal streets or available manufacturing space here in Fenton, Missouri.

    The public sector is much the same in that the negotiators across the table from the unions are as corrupt, perhaps even more spineless, then those of the Big Three who gave away the store to the UAW. So let us seek legislation that would require public sector contracts be put to the vote of the taxpayers, just as the UAW contracts and member behavior were put to the vote of the car buyer. Unions' and management’s last best offers go on the ballot for a binding vote by the electorate. And, should we feel the politicians charged with representing us have made too generous an offer to the unions, we need only look down the ballot to find the opportunity to throw them out.

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