Marist Survey Results

Poll shows Americans want strong protections for whistleblowers who report corporate or government fraud.

Americans strongly believe (86%) that whistleblowers who report corporate or government fraud deserve protection. A poll commissioned by the Whistleblower News Network shows that 82% of Americans say that passing stronger laws that protect employees who report corporate fraud should be a priority for Congress.

The survey of adults registered voters, and likely voters was conducted by The Marist Poll on behalf of the Whistleblower News Network. The poll shows unprecedented support for corporate insiders who blow the whistle on fraud, and for White House officials and other federal employees who expose government wrongdoing.

The Whistleblower News Network Survey of 1,152 adults was conducted by The Marist Poll from September 11th through September 16th, 2020. The margin of error was ±3.5%.

Americans believe there should there be stronger whistleblower protections for federal employees

Question 1:

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: There should be stronger legal protections from harm for whistleblowers who are federal employees who report fraud in government programs?

NATIONAL LIKELY VOTERS

Whistleblower News Network Survey of National Adults conducted by The Marist Poll. Interviews conducted September 11th through September 16th, 2020, n=1152 MOE +/- 3.5 percentage points. National Registered Voters: n=964 MOE +/- 3.8 percentage points. National Likely Voters: n=723 MOE +/- 4.3 percentage points. Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding.

Americans think Congress should make stronger whistleblower laws to address corporate fraud a priority

Question 2:

Do you think passing stronger laws that protect employees who report corporate fraud should be an immediate priority for Congress, a priority but not an immediate one, or do you think this should not be a priority at all?

NATIONAL LIKELY VOTERS

Whistleblower News Network Survey of National Adults conducted by The Marist Poll. Interviews conducted September 11th through September 16th, 2020, n=1152 MOE +/- 3.5 percentage points. National Registered Voters: n=964 MOE +/- 3.8 percentage points. National Likely Voters: n=723 MOE +/- 4.3 percentage points. Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding.

Americans more likely to vote for candidates who support stronger protections for corporate whistleblowers

Question 3:

If a candidate for Congress supports strengthening laws that protect employees who report corporate fraud, would you be more likely to vote for them, less likely, or would that not have an impact on your vote?

NATIONAL LIKELY VOTERS

Whistleblower News Network Survey of National Adults conducted by The Marist Poll. Interviews conducted September 11th through September 16th, 2020, n=1152 MOE +/- 3.5 percentage points. National Registered Voters: n=964 MOE +/- 3.8 percentage points. National Likely Voters: n=723 MOE +/- 4.3 percentage points. Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding.

About This Survey

This survey of 1,152 adults was conducted September 11th through September 16th, 2020 by The Marist Poll. Adults 18 years of age and older residing in the United States were contacted on landline or mobile numbers and interviewed by telephone using live interviewers. Survey questions were available in English or Spanish. Mobile telephone numbers were randomly selected based upon a list of telephone exchanges from throughout the nation from Dynata. The exchanges were selected to ensure that each region was represented in proportion to its population. Mobile phones are treated as individual devices. After validation of age, personal ownership, and non-business- use of the mobile phone, interviews are typically conducted with the person answering the phone. To increase coverage, this mobile sample was supplemented by respondents reached through random dialing of landline phone numbers. Within each landline household, a single respondent is selected through a random selection process to increase the representativeness of traditionally under-covered survey populations.

The samples were then combined and balanced to reflect the 2017 American Community Survey 1-year estimates for age, gender, income, race, and region. Assistance was provided by Luce Research for data collection. Results are statistically significant within ±3.5 percentage points. There are 964 registered voters. The results for this subset are statistically significant within ±3.8 percentage points. There are 723 likely voters defined by a probability turnout model which determines the likelihood respondents will participate in the November 2020 election based upon their chance of vote, interest in the election, and past election participation. The results for this subset are statistically significant within ±4.3 percentage points. Tables include results for subgroups to only display crosstabs with an acceptable sampling error. It should be noted that although you may not see results listed for a certain group, it does not mean interviews were not completed with those individuals. It simply means the sample size is too small to report. The error margin was adjusted for sample weights and increases for cross- tabulations.

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