The opinion of the federal government is now at one of the lowest in history according to new results of a nation wide survey just releaded by the Pew Research Center.
While George W. Bush enjoyed an 82% favorable opinion of government in November 2001, the favorable impression has dwindled down to just 28% under the Obama administration.
“There has been a steep decline in the share of Democrats expressing a favorable opinion of the federal government since Obama took office, from 61% in July 2009 to 41% currently,” Pew states. “Favorable opinions also have fallen among Republicans over this period, from 24% to 13% — the lowest ever favorable rating among members of either party.”
The national survey by the Pew Research Center was conducted March 13-17 and notes that “partisan views of the federal government have shifted depending on which party controls the White House.”
“Favorable ratings for the federal government rose dramatically after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but have declined substantially since then. In November 2001, 82% had a favorable opinion of the government and in December 2002, 73% viewed the federal government favorably.”
Positive opinions of the government have continued to fall during the Obama ‘s tenure.
According to Pew, 65% of Americans now have an unfavorable view of the federal government.
“The percentage of Democrats expressing a favorable opinion of the federal government has declined 10 points in the past year, from 51% to 41%,” Pew indicates.
“For the first time since Barack Obama became president, more Democrats say they have an unfavorable view of the federal government in Washington than a favorable view (51% unfavorable vs. 41% favorable).”
“Favorable opinions of the federal government among Republicans, already quite low in 2012 (20% favorable), have fallen even further, to 13% currently.”