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Quiz: What Percentage of Federal Workers Don’t Trust the Government?


Federal News Radio surveyed over 1,900 federal employees, members of the private sector, and retirees to gauge the level of trust between Feds and their agencies on various issues. And their findings were that most federal employees don’t trust the Federal Government.

The survey of nearly 2,000 workers revealed that 70% rate their trust in the government at or below 5 on a 10-point scale, with 10 being “complete trust” and 1 being “don’t trust at all.”

Less than 3% rate the government at a 9 or 10, and more than 90% said the government needs to rebuild trust with its employees.

The responses were varied, but the primary reasons for lack of trust included retaliation against whistle blowers, intimidation from management, pay freezes, buyouts, lack of support from management, and political games.

What’s unimaginable is that these are federal workers and they are helping to pull the levers of government.  If people don’t trust their co-workers, how can the citizens trust anything that is being accomplished in Washington and beyond?

In fact, the Pew Research Center has been doing research on Public Trust in Government since 1958. The Obama Administration has touched the highest levels of distrust in Government and the lowest levels of trust in Government. As of October 2013 “distrust” stands at 80% and trust stands at 19%. Keep in mind that these surveys were completed before the Obamacare rollout and the most recent VA scandals. Sadly enough, we think that the numbers have only gotten worse.


H/T: Federal News Radio & Pew Research Center