[Politech] Only one-third of Americans have positive view of Feds

From: Declan McCullagh (declan@private)
Date: Wed Sep 01 2004 - 14:26:54 PDT


Poll finds government falling in public's esteem
By Amelia Gruber

The public views the federal government less favorably this year than
last, Gallup poll results published Tuesday indicate.

Slightly more than a third of respondents to an early August survey by
The Gallup Organization expressed a "positive" or "somewhat positive"
view of the government. This represents a drop of seven percentage
points from a year ago, when 41 percent of Americans surveyed said
they looked favorably upon the government.

For this year's poll, conducted from Aug. 9 to Aug. 11, Gallup asked a
random sampling of 518 adults to rate their opinion of 25 industries,
including the government, in one of five categories ranging from "very
positive" to "very negative." The survey has a margin of error of up
to five percentage points.

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