Poll shows federal workers don’t prefer a border wall to getting paid .President Trump has claimed repeatedly that most federal workers support his tactic of shutting down the government to enforce his demand for a border wall — including those directly affected by it. But a new poll of government employees shows that few actually do.
According to the survey conducted by the Government Business Council and GovExec.com and released Tuesday, 71
percent of federal workers oppose the shutdown, compared to just 21 percent who support it. Just 34 percent of federal employees surveyed support Trump’s demand for funding for the wall, while 56 percent oppose it. And of those workers against the wall, more than 80 percent say they are strongly opposed to it.
Meanwhile, a pair of recent national polls show most Americans blame the president for the shutdown. According to a CNN survey released Monday, 56 percent of Americans oppose a border wall,
Trump is demanding Congress allocate $5.7 billion that would go toward construction of a physical barrier on the U.S. border with Mexico in exchange for reopening the government. Democrats are refusing to do so, and want the government reopened while negotiations continue.
The shutdown, now in its 26th day, is the longest in U.S. history. About 800,000 federal employees have been affected. Approximately half of those are continuing to work without pay, although they are likely to receive back pay after a budget is passed. The rest are furloughed.
For the first time ever, a funding impasse is affecting active-duty military personnel.
On Tuesday, U.S. Coast Guard Commander Adm. Karl Schultz advised more than 40,000 active duty members that they would not be receiving their regularly scheduled mid-month paycheck.