More Americans would rather work in the private sector than in government – with the vast majority of them being Republican, white and with higher incomes, according to a new Gallup poll.
The national survey of 1,040 adults conducted Nov. 18-19 found that 60 percent responded that they preferred working for business, compared with 35 percent who said they’d rather work in government.
And among those who are currently working for pay, 63 percent said working for business is more preferred, versus 33 percent for government.
The results are virtually unchanged from January 2010, Gallup reports.
Large groups of both men and women – 62 percent and 58 percent, respectively – told Gallup that they would rather work in the private sector.
And among age groups, 63 percent of those who were 65 and older said they liked working in business, followed by 61 percent who were 18 to 29 years old.
Sixty-five percent of those who were white said they liked working in the private sector more, compared with the 48 percent of non-whites who said they preferred government work.
Those making $90,000 or more also would rather work in business – at 69 percent – as would the 71 percent of those who identified themselves to Gallup as Republicans.
For Democrats, 47 percent preferred working for the government – just 1 percent more than those who liked working for business, Gallup reports.
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