November 28, 2012 at 2:08 pm #173791
This survey of 204 public service professionals, conducted just last month (October), covered a range of topics related to public service and current affairs. Here are a few highlights:
Continuing brighter outlook on the direction of the country: Increasingly, panelists see the country overall as heading in the right direction (58%), continuing an upward trend seen over our last several quarterly surveys and over 30 points higher than a year ago (28%). These results were gathered before the presidential election.
Improving outlook on working in the public service: Nearly half (49%) say that now is a good time to work in government, a somewhat more optimistic sentiment than a year ago (44%). But only 4 in 10 panelists (42%) say now is a good time to work in the nonprofit sector, a bit down from a year ago (44%).
A strong family history of public service: Panelists tend to come from families with remarkably high levels of involvement in public service. Nearly two thirds (64%) had a parent who worked most of their career in government. And very high percentages had a parent who worked most of their career in the nonprofit sector (86%) or in the public schools (81%). Interestingly, even high percentages had a parent who held public office (91%) or had a leadership position in a union (90%).
For many more results of last month’s survey (as well as previous PSRPanel surveys), please visit PSRPanel.org
The Public Service Research Panel, PSRPanel, is an online community of public service professionals who sign up to participate in occasional web-based surveys and studies about the important work they do and the organizations they help lead. If you are a government or nonprofit executive, program or unit manager, front-line public servant, or student planning a career in public service – we invite you to join the PSRPanel today!
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