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Americans feel favorably about many federal agencies, especially the Park Service, Postal Service and NASA

Pew: “As President Joe Biden and the new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives face off over the debt ceiling and government spending, more Americans say they have favorable than unfavorable opinions of many agencies and departments of the federal government. Americans view 14 of 16 federal agencies more favorably than unfavorably, according to a survey of 10,701 adults conducted March 13-19 by Pew Research Center. Of those 14 agencies, 11 have net favorable ratings of 15 points or more. Topping the list are the National Park Service (81% favorable), the U.S. Postal Service (77%) and NASA (74%). Smaller majorities have favorable impressions of other agencies, including the Social Security Administration (61% favorable) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS, 55%). Americans have mixed views of the Department of Education (45% favorable, 47% unfavorable) and the Federal Reserve (43% favorable, 37% unfavorable, 20% unsure). The least popular federal agency of the 16 asked about is the IRS. About half of Americans (51%) have an unfavorable opinion of this agency, while 42% have a favorable view. Agencies viewed favorably in this online survey were also among the most favorably viewed in past Pew Research Center surveys conducted by telephone. However, because of differences in survey mode and question wording, the specific percentages from past telephone surveys and this web survey are not directly comparable…”

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