Washington, DC - January, 6 2021: Trump supporters rioting at the US Capitol. Sebastian Portillo / Shutterstock.com Shutterstock ID 1888654336

Online poll: Capitol violence adds to feds’ unease

With our elected political leadership undergoing the most tumultuous transition in a century—or more—feds are feeling the added strain, according to a new poll.

An online poll—of over 1,000 mostly federal employees and others who work with the federal government—was conducted by Federal News Network since the violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Of those who responded, a little over half said they would feel unsafe if or when required to report to their normal worksites, according to the poll.

The unease of people in the federal community draws from a number of factors, according to the poll. These range from the political climate and the recent violent events, to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other factors. Interestingly, most of those polled who report distress about worksite safety are based outside the greater D.C. area—and far from where the actual disturbances occurred.

Punctuating the fact that the Capitol violence drove much of the unease, the news report also includes multiple participants’ comments expressing distress over the Capitol event, security failures and related concerns.


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Wed, Jan 27, 2021 Jim

To last commenter, re "all" rioters etc. Your comment is well taken. That there shouldn't be so much property damage done by crowds. But you and others really should be clear that those relatively few protesters last summer (mostly) who damaged property - most of it in a small handful of locales - ARE NOT in any way as dangerous to the USA and its coast to coast survival as a democracy as those who made concerted, planned attack on the Capitol. The insurrectionists in Washington Jan 6 sought to stop and go around our democratic process. A coup. Do not make false Equivalencies. This confuses people. Property damage and even occupying at each not acceptable. But one threatens national security. Furthermore those protesting police brutality and excessive force at least have an argument, and some real evidence behind their ire. Those claiming an overall fraud in our elections process have only weak and cooked up fake data. There was no widespread bs in official tallies. Election result fair. Federal and state and local public servants - much like feds in general - did their job and did so honestly. Huge huge difference.

Tue, Jan 26, 2021

So are all the rioters, vandals, arsonists and looters running rampant this summer and currently in several state capitals. This violence should have never been tolerated anywhere in the USA. The politicians seem to be only interested in protecting themselves not US citizens.

Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Lock all them up life in labor camp, We have lots of stuff fixed. Clean up america. These people who broke in our caritol are THUGS

Fri, Jan 22, 2021

After they round the crooks up, lock them away for life in a prison camp which hard labor is the daily routine.

Fri, Jan 22, 2021 Sam

There should have been more security. Everyone knew at the very least tens of thousands of demonstrators would be there and that some would be violent. There has to be hearings on how this was allowed to happen so it never ever happens again. It's also the only way to make fed employees feel safer in federal buildings.

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