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Gallup: Most Government Workers Like Working in the Public Sector

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A Gallup poll released Monday shows that more Americans would prefer to have a private sector job than a government job—though nearly twice as many would like government employment than currently have it.

According to the new poll, 60 percent of American adults would rather work for the private sector than 35 percent who would rather work for the government. The survey notes that this remains little changed from a survey conducted in Jan. 2010.

While the attitude of the majority of Americans reflects a different preference, those who currently work for government are pretty satisfied being public servants.

From Gallup:

Most government workers appear to like their situations, and say they would prefer to work for government (63%) rather than business (36%). On the other hand, most workers now employed outside of government also appear to like their situations, and would prefer to work for a business (69%).

Still, it is important to note that the 33% of all employed Americans preferring to work for government is nearly double the 17% who currently do work for government.

How would you answer Gallup’s survey? Are you satisfied working for the public sector or would you rather work for a private business? 

Read more at Gallup Politics.

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Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.

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