Survey: 62 percent have favorable view of federal employees

October 23, 2013

At last, some good news for federal employees — the public likes you.

(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Sixty-two percent of those surveyed by the Pew Research Center said they had a favorable of federal workers, compared to 29 percent with an unfavorable view.

The survey of 1,504 adults was conducted Oct. 9-13, right in the midst of the 16-day partial government shutdown that began on Oct. 1.

Most agencies also were rated favorably, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention topping the list with a 75 percent favorable rating. The Internal Revenue Service was last at 44 percent.

One thing the survey makes clear, the public likes the feds much more than Congress. It was rated favorably by just 23 percent in the survey, compared to 73 percent who don’t like the job Congress is doing.

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Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about federal government and workplace issues that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.
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