Columnist Ann Landers got a lot of mail when she asked women readers if they would be content to be held close and treated tenderly and forget about "the act."

Columnist Mike Royko, in a countersurvey, is asking male readers how they feel about the situation.

The next step is for somebody (us) to ask federal workers how they feel about the Reagan administration's lusty attentions to them. Do they like it, or would they appreciate a little benign neglect?

Top Reagan aides are asking for a 5 percent federal pay cut. This, they say, would be good for everybody. The idea is that it would make federal workers closer to nonfederal workers, help their image and improve the deficit.

The administration would raise the federal retirement age from 55 to 65. Administration officials argue that everybody outside of government resents feds because of their attractive pension system. Equalizing government and industry benefits would, they say, make people beyond the Beltway less resentful of Washington.

The White House says government job turnover is too low compared with the private sector. The best way to bring new blood into government is freeze pay to see if longtime bureaucrats will quit their jobs and join private industry or stay put and thereby admit they have it pretty good.

Administration officials say that federal pension benefits -- fully indexed to the rate of inflation -- should be put on a par with most private plans that grant retirees smaller, less frequent, raises. Again, they say this would make taxpayers less envious of people on the public payroll.

Administration officials have said, repeatedly, that the vast majority of federal workers -- thinking as citizens and not solely as civil servants -- agree that the changes are fair, even if they dislike them.

All of the above plans, the administration says, are designed not only to balance the budget, but also in the best interests of federal workers. Obviously nobody wants a pay or pension cut. But do you feel it is fair, necessary and would help?

This is one way to let them -- the administration, the Congress, the public -- know.

You may not like a pay cut, but in your heart of hearts do you agree that it is the right thing to do?

The idea of working an extra 10 years may cut into your retirement planning. But personal feelings aside, do you (or don't you) agree that it is fair and would actually be in the best interests of everyone in the country?

Federal workers who oppose the plans say they would, if implemented, wreck the career civil service and make it more costly, more political and much less efficient.

If you want to send them a message, clip the ballot below, circle the appropriate answer, and send it to us:

* Yes, I support the proposed cutbacks in federal pay and benefits even though I may personally suffer from them. Love me, Mr. President, and I know things will be better and you will respect me in the morning!

* No, I oppose the cutbacks because I think they would hurt the career federal service and the people it serves. I don't trust your assumptions, or your motives!

* I am a federal worker/retiree.

* I do not work for the federal government.

To keep the mail volume managable, and to discourage multiple-voting, get your ballot to us by Friday, Jan. 25.

Send votes to me, c/o The Washington Post, Washington, D.C. 20071.

We will let you -- and them -- know how it turns out.