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MeriTalk: Slight Majority of Federal IT Pros Prefer Hillary Clinton as Next US President

surveyA new MeriTalk survey has found that 52 percent of federal information technology professionals say they would vote for Democratic Party’s Hillary Clinton as the next U.S. president and 32 percent said they would vote for Republican candidate Donald Trump.

The survey also showed that 55 percent of respondents said Clinton would do more to advance IT modernization efforts within the federal government, while 45 percent said they think Trump would do more when it comes to IT innovation, MeriTalk said Monday.

MeriTalk also found that 67 percent of federal IT professionals believe that cybersecurity should be the next U.S. president’s top priority, while 19 percent said that IT modernization should be given top priority.

Other areas that survey respondents said should be top priorities on the next president’s IT agenda include technology spending and acquisition reform, cloud computing and partnership with Silicon Valley.

Twenty-eight of respondents said they would either retire or leave the federal government if Clinton wins, while 24 percent said they would consider such an action once Trump becomes the next president.

According to MeriTalk, 63 percent of survey respondents are federal IT employees who work for civilian agencies, 70 percent are white, 64 percent are male and 40 percent are Republicans.

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