- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 19, 2017

Almost two-thirds of federal employees voted for Hillary Clinton during the presidential election, according to a new survey.

The poll also found that six of 10 felt that the election itself gave Americans a negative impression of federal service.

So it may come as no surprise that some federal employees are considering leaving their employment when President-elect Donald Trump assumes office.

“More than one in four federal workers, or 28 percent, will definitely or possibly consider leaving their jobs after Jan. 20 when Trump is sworn into office and becomes leader of the executive branch,” according to the survey conducted by the Government Business Council and Government Executive, which both track the trends of the field.

Half said that Mr. Trump’s business experience would “hinder his management of the federal government” while almost two thirds believe that his business relationships pose a conflict of interest. Both points are also popular narratives within the Democratic Party as well.

“About half of those who will consider leaving are eligible for retirement and would do so earlier than they originally planned, while another 37 percent said they would seek another job outside of federal government,” the analysis said. “Just 1 percent said they would quit and figure out their next step at a later time, while an additional 12 percent said they were not sure what they would do.”

Such sentiments have been lingering for months. A similar poll conducted in October found almost identical results; 27 percent of civil servants were considering retiring or finding a new job.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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