Would You Quit Your Job If You Won a Jackpot?

In these days of corporate downsizings and disposable employees, you’d think people would love nothing better than to become independently wealthy–or even independently lower-middle class, for that matter. But a nationwide survey conducted for Adweek suggests that Americans are more attached to their jobs than they sometimes care to let on. Asked whether they would quit their jobs if they won the jackpot in a lottery, 43.5 percent of respondents said ‘yes’ while 49.5 percent said ‘no.’ As was the case when we posed the same question last year, markedly fewer women (39 percent) than men (48 percent) told us they’d take that job and etc., etc. Can it be that the terrifying prospect of staying home with their kids makes women more patient with the aggravations of the working world? All things considered, a glass ceiling may look less unpleasant than a diaper-strewn floor. A breakdown of the survey data by age group found the 18-24-year-olds (48 percent) and 35-44s (47 percent) more apt to answer ‘yes’ than the 25-34s or the 45-55s (40 percent apiece). Perhaps tolerance for the burdens of work is at lowest ebb when you’re at the bottom of the pecking order and again when you start to hit midlife crisis.

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