According to a survey by the National Treasury Employees Union:
[...] 82 percent of respondents said they would have difficulty paying for rent, utilities and food expenses, while 63 percent said they would need to take money out of savings or retirement accounts to make ends meet.For sure there would be a lot of fear if you were looking at tapping into your savings because your pay got cut by 20 percent. And there might be anger, too, if you considered that this was happening because Republicans in Congress want to protect tax loopholes for giant corporations, and was happening on top of a pay freeze and increases in retirement contributions for new employees which, Kelley has reminded members of Congress in a letter, have already created $103 billion in government savings on the backs of these workers. The union says it will bargain over how the furloughs are implemented.
“There’s a lot of fear,” [NTEU President Colleen] Kelley said. “Employees think this is going to happen based on what has happend to date, with there being no resolution. They feel like they’re caught in the middle, just doing their jobs and serving the American people.”