Government Executive 2018 Presidential Poll: January 8, 2018

As reported exclusively by Government Executive.

After one year in office, President Trump remains unpopular with the majority of the federal workforce, according to an independent Government Business Council / poll released on January 8, 2018. 38% of respondents approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as President, compared to 59% who disapprove.

This is borne out in responses to other questions in the study: just 28% of respondents feel that President Trump respects the federal workforce, while 54% feel his management priorities are unclear. 61% feel that he is having a negative impact on the federal government’s reputation, and 58% feel his business relationships pose a conflict of interest with his presidential duties.


Government Business Council and GovExec released a survey on January 8, 2018 to a random sample of Government Executive, Nextgov, Defense One and Route Fifty subscribers. After quality control, 1,791 government employees are included representing at least 25 federal and defense agencies. Over half of respondents are GS-GM-13 and above, with 68 holding membership in the Senior Executive Service. The margin of error on this study is +/- 2%.

Survey Findings

Respondent Profile


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