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78 Percent of Americans Say Voters Should Get to Vote on Govt Employee Benefit Increases

The latest Reason-Rupe poll finds that nearly 8 in 10 Americans think that the public should be allowed to vote on increases to public employees pensions and benefits. Support is largely non-partisan with 73 percent of Democrats, 81 percent of independents, and 80 percent of Republicans favoring such votes.

Solid majorities of both public (61%) and private (82%) sector workers also favor allowing the public to vote on such increases. Nevertheless, as one might expect, public employees themselves are more opposed to such a proposal. Indeed government workers are more than twice as likely as private sector workers to oppose allowing the public vote on public pension increases (37 to 16 percent). Find more discussion of what the public thinks about public pension reform here.

The Reason-Rupe national telephone poll, executed by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, conducted live interviews with 1003 adults on cell phones (501) and landlines (502) January 29-February 2, 2015. The poll’s margin of error is +/-3.8%. Full poll results and methodology can be found here, including poll toplines (pdf) and crosstabs (xls).

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  • SQRLSY One||

    And the other 22 percent are employees of Government Almighty... Each of them thinking they should be Emperor or Empress and get 50% of GNP as their pay...

  • gaoxiaen||

    I want to vote on a decrease.

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  • John Galt||

    We can't vote on public employee's benefit increases. For bog's sake, the public employees are our masters.

  • Reverend Draco||

    I had this conversation with an employer about 20 years ago. . . she thought it was just fine that Duh Gutterment gets to give itself raises. . .

    So, I winked at the other guys from my crew that were in the office, looked at the boss and said, "Ok, we just voted ourselves a dollar an hour raise."
    Without batting an eyelash, she said, "You're all fired."

    I just gave her "that look," til she realized what had happened. . . her response to the lightbulb coming on was. . .

    "Oooohhh." and the expression on her face was priceless.

  • srm||

    Government workers do not "vote themselves a raise," your elected officials dictate what pay and benefits government workers get--that is your vote you dumb@ss.

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