Rasmussen Reports: 71 percent say bureaucrats get better pensions than private sector workers 

Nearly three-fourths of Americans believe government employees get bigger pensions than do retirees in the private sector, but only a third of the respondents in the latest Rasmussen Reports national survey believe their state will be able to pay for those more generous entitlements.

Rasmussen's results suggest the degree to which Democrats and their public employee union backers are on the wrong end of public opinion in places like Wisconsin and Ohio. The national survey was of 1,000 likely voters and has a three percent margin of error.

"A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 71% of Likely U. S. Voters feel that, generally speaking, government workers get better pensions than private sector workers. Only 14% disagree, while slightly more (15%) are not sure," Rasmussen said.

"However, just 32% of all voters say it’s at least somewhat likely that their state will be able to afford all the pension benefits it has promised to state workers, while 56% say it’s not likely," the pollster said.

Perhaps the most interesting result of the survey, however, came in response to questions about how early an individual should be able to retire with full benefits from a government position.

"Voters strongly believe that government workers should wait until around age 65 to begin collecting full pension benefits," Rasmussen said.

"If someone joins the police force at age 20 and stays for 25 years, only 28% believe that person should receive a full pension for life at age 45," Rasmussen said.

"Sixty-one percent (61%) think they should find another job and wait until they retire at around age 65 to receive the full pension from their police work," according to Rasmussen.

The same attitude was reflected in the results when Rasmussen used teachers as an example.

"Similarly, if someone becomes a teacher right out of college and stays for 30 years until they retire, just 36% say they should receive their full pension for life at that time," Rasmussen said.

"Fifty-six percent (56%), however, say they should find another job and wait until they retire around age 65 to get their full teaching pension."

For more from Rasmussen, including the survey quetions, go here.


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