Friday, April 27, 2012

Public Opinion on Federal, State, and Local Governments

Our chapter on federalism discusses public opinion on the various levels of government. Pew reports:
The gap between favorable ratings of the federal government and state and local governments is wider than ever. Just a third of Americans have a favorable opinion of the federal government, the lowest positive rating in 15 years. Yet opinions about state and local governments, on balance, remain favorable.
The favorable rating for the federal government has fallen to just 33%; while nearly twice as many (62%) have an unfavorable view, according to the latest survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, conducted April 4-15. By contrast, ratings of state governments remain in positive territory, with 52% offering a favorable and 42% and unfavorable opinion of their state government. Local governments are viewed positively by roughly a two-to-one margin.
Ten years ago, roughly two thirds of Americans offered favorable assessments of all three levels of government: federal, state and local.