Negative View of Federal Government Hits New High in Gallup Poll

By Terence P. Jeffrey | August 29, 2011 | 1:20pm EDT

President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D.-Md.). (AP file photo)

(CNSNews.com) - The percentage of Americans telling the Gallup poll they have a negative view of the federal government has hit a new high, Gallup reported today.

In a survey conducted Aug. 11-14, Gallup asked American adults whether their overall view of the federal government was very positive, somewhat positive, neutral, somewhat negative or very negative.

A total of 63 percent said they had a negative view of the federal government, including 34 percent who said they had a somewhat negative view and 29 percent who said they had a very negative view.

That is the highest negative rating the federal government has received since Gallup starting asking people to rate their view of the government in an August 2003 survey. Gallup has asked the same question about the federal government every August since then.

The previous high for the percentage of Americans telling Gallup they had a negative view of the federal government was 60 percent—in a survey conducted Aug. 7-10, 2008. At that time, 34 percent said they had a somewhat negative view of the federal government and 26 percent said they had a very negative view.

In the most recent poll, the percentage saying they had a positive view of the federal government also sank to an all-time low of 17 percent—with 5 percent saying they had a very positive view and 12 percent saying they have a somewhat positive view.

The previous low was the 18 percent who said they had a positive view of the federal government in the Aug. 7-10, 2008 Gallup poll—with 3 percent saying they had a very positive view and 15 percent saying they had a somewhat positive view.

The highest positive rating the federal government has received since Gallup started asking people to rate their views of the government came the first survey on the question in August 2003. That year 41 percent said they had a positive view of the federal government (including 9 percent who said very positive and 32 percent who said somewhat positive) and 35 percent said they had a negative view (including 22 percent who said somewhat negative and 13 percent who said very negative).

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