Poll: Only 29% of Americans Have Positive View of Federal Gov't

By Michael W. Chapman | September 7, 2017 | 10:59 AM EDT

U.S. Capitol. 

(CNSNews.com) -- The latest annual poll by Gallup shows that only 29% of Americans have "positive views of the federal government." In addition, when broken down by political party, 29% of Democrats were positive and 28% of Republicans were positive.

The last time 29% of Americans expressed positive views of the federal government was in 2009, President Obama's first year in office, according to Gallup. During Obama's two terms, the percentage was lower than 29% and reached a low of 17% positive in 2011.

In the early to mid-Bush years, between 41% and 33% of Americans had positive views of the federal government, reported Gallup, which first started asking the question in 2003.

Gallup also reported that 52% of Americans, in 2017,  have "somewhat" or "very" negative views of the federal government, while about 19% are neutral on the topic. "Negative views of the government have outweighed positive views in all but Gallup's first poll in 2003," stated the survey firm. 

"From a comparative perspective, the federal government maintains the lowest positive rating of any of the 25 business or industry sectors tested in the August survey, ranking slightly below the pharmaceutical industry's 33%," said Gallup. 

In 2016, 45% of the Democrats surveyed had positive views of the federal government while only 8% of the Republicans were positive. They nearly converged this year with 29% of Democrats positive and 28% of Republicans positive. 

"Whatever the pattern of partisan differences in views of the government, one fact remains: The majority of Americans, regardless of party identification, have negative views of their federal government -- attitudes that are reflected in the similarly low percentages who approve of the job the president and Congress are doing at this point in history," said Gallup. 

The survey was conducted by telephone, Aug. 2-6, with a "random sample of 529 adults, aged 18 and older, livingin all 50 states and the District of Columbia," said Gallup. the margin of error was +/- 5 percentage points.

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Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman