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Trump: Most Furloughed Employees Are Democrats

December 27, 2018 / Tom Shoop

Attempting to persuade Democratic leaders to back his proposal for billions of dollars in new federal spending for a border wall, President Trump Thursday said most of those affected by the current partial government shutdown are Democrats. The president offered no evidence for his assertion. In a 2016 Government Executive survey, 28 percent of federal employees identified themselves as Democrats, and 26 percent said they were Republicans. But an even greater percentage, 35 percent, identified as independents. And of those in the last category, 42 percent said they leaned Republican, while only 31 percent said they leaned Democratic.