A Gallup survey of public opinion showed that Americans‘ view of the federal government is at a historic low, with impressions ranked below those polled for Bernie Madoff, O.J. Simpson, and ousted Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Barely 17 % of Americans polled viewed the federal government positively as compared to 23% who viewed Bernie Madoff favorably, 28% who viewed O.J. positively, and 18% who thought highly of Gaddafi. The poll logged a new low for the government since Gallup began measuring its image in 2003.
The poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points. reflects a 14 percent drop in the net approval/disapproval rating of the government in the past year. The survey is conducted annually by the Gallup organization with a random sample of 1,008 adults.
Dreadmonger reporters took to the streets in Decatur to test public opinion, comparing various people in the news to the U.S. Federal Government. Among those found to be more popular than the government in our unscientific poll:
– Richard Heene (balloon-boy dad)
– Survivor Richard Hatch
– Kathy Lee Gifford
– Hannibal Lechter
Dreadmonger reporters asked each respondent from our unscientific sample of 148 adults if any individual would rank lower in esteem that the government. None of those polled could come up with an example.
- Poll: Only 17 percent hold positive view of federal government (thehill.com)
- Congress returns, unpopular as well as divided (msnbc.msn.com)