A new survey shows that Americans have taken a dramatically dimmer view of the federal government over the past decade, with approval ratings for Washington at a 15-year low.
According to the Pew Research Center poll, only a third of Americans hold a favorable view of the federal government, while retaining generally favorable views of state and local governments.
A decade ago, Americans held all levels of government in equally favorable esteem. But those days are gone, at least for now.
“Ten years ago, roughly two-thirds of Americans offered favorable assessments of all three levels of government: federal, state and local,” the survey said. “But in the latest survey…conducted April 4-15, 2012 among 1,514 adults nationwide, the favorable rating for the federal government has fallen to just 33 pecent; nearly twice as many (62 percent) have an unfavorable view.”
That compares with 52 percent who hold a favorable view of state government and a 61 percent who view their local government favorably, the survey said.
That said, a plurality of Americans still have issues with state and local governments.
“While the balance of opinion toward state governments is favorable, majorities say their state government is not careful with people’s money (56 percent), is too divided along party lines (53 percent) and is generally inefficient (51 percent),” said the survey.
Still, that’s better than how Americans view the Feds regarding those same issues and concerns.
“[M]uch larger percentages fault the federal government’s performance in those areas. Moreover, while more say their state government is mostly honest rather than mostly corrupt (by 49 percent to 37 percent), a majority (54 percent) says the federal government is mostly corrupt,” the survey said.
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