Terrence Hill

That’s true, after they decide to try out the Federal government, but this survey is of college students who have no experience with the application process yet. This may be part of the equation, but I think there are a number of factors that also impact the perception of Federal positions as being undesirable, like the reputation of Federal work as being bureaucratic and Federal employees as not being the best and brightest. Mostly perceptions from outside the system, not based on facts from insiders like you and me.