New Pew Poll: NASA Second Only to CDC As Favorite Federal Agency

New Pew Poll: NASA Second Only to CDC As Favorite Federal Agency

The public may not trust the government as a whole, but it likes many federal agencies, especially NASA.  Those are the findings in a new poll by Pew Research conducted in the midst of the shutdown.

Among the questions asked in the October 9-13 poll was whether selected federal agencies are viewed favorably.   NASA came in second at 73 percent.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was the only agency with a higher score — 75 percent.  DOD was third at 72 percent.   The IRS was at the bottom of the list, with just a 44 percent favorable rating.  

Federal workers are viewed favorably by 62 percent of those polled.

As for the federal government overall, only 19 percent of those polled trust the government to do what is right just about always or most of the time, according to Pew, and 30 percent are angry at the federal government.  Congress has a 23 percent favorable rating, with 73 percent holding an unfavorable view, although individual Members of Congress get the blame, not the institution itself.

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