Congress is contemplating a rather large pay increase for federal employees, but most Americans say government workers are already better off than employees in the private sector.
That's according to Rasmussen Reports. It found that 45% of American adults say they believe the average government worker earns more annually than the average private sector worker.
Twenty-eight percent (28%) say they do not believe government employees are paid more than private sector workers, and another 27% say they are not sure.
Meanwhile, President Biden has called for federal workers to receive their largest annual pay raise in 20 years, releasing a budget proposal that would grant civilian employees an average pay increase of 4.6%.
This figure is nearly double the 2.7% average pay increase federal employees received in 2022, and a substantial improvement over the 1.0% across-the-board pay increase they got in 2021.
However, a majority of Americans (57%) say they think workers in the private sector work harder than government employees.
Only 13% say they think government employees work harder, while another 30% are not sure.
Sixty-one percent (61%) of Americans say they think government workers have more job security than workers in the private sector.
Ten percent (10%) say they believe government workers have less job security, and 18% think private sector workers have about the same amount of job security.
Another 10% say they are not sure.
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