Survey: 27% of Gov't Workers Might Quit If Trump Elected

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October 31, 2016

More than a quarter of federal government employees would consider quitting if Donald Trump were elected president, according to a new survey.

Government Executive polled more than 1,000 federal workers to see if the outcome of the presidential election would impact their decision to continue to work for the government.

Twenty-seven percent of federal workers said they might consider leaving their jobs were Trump elected. Sixty-five percent said they would not, while another 9 percent were not sure.

A majority of federal workers support Hillary Clinton for president, with 53 percent, compared to 34 percent for Trump.

Among those who said they would consider quitting the government, 49 percent said they would retire, while 39 percent said they would look for another job outside the government.

In his latest campaign push Trump has promised to "drain the swamp," and said he would place a hiring freeze on the federal government, and decrease the size of the workforce through attrition.

Though more Democrats were polled than Republicans, a higher amount surveyed said they currently lean more to the GOP.

The survey sample comprised of 34 percent Democrats, 25 percent Republicans, and 32 percent Independents. However, when asked, "as of today do you lean more to the Democratic Party or the Republican Party?" 43 percent said Republican, compared to 42 percent who said Democrat.

Only 1 percent of Clinton voters said the most appealing aspect of her candidacy is her "personality."