The broad message to take away from Pew Research, which released fresh information yesterday, is that folks don’t trust the federal government. As in, really don’t trust:
After a two-and-half-week shutdown of the government over the Affordable Care Act, this shouldn’t surprise anyone. What may or may not surprise you, though, is that people on the whole actually like most sections of the government.
Obviously the Internal Revenue Service is the lone exception for agencies, and like other polls congress itself gets a nearly three-quarter middle finger from the public. On the other hand most folks seem to like federal workers themselves.
There’s more in the full report, though it’s worth thinking about why the public seems to dislike the whole while giving much higher marks to broken-down segments — similar to sentiments about the Affordable Care Act.