Federal Eye: CDC, NASA, FBI Earn Top Polling Scores

Only three federal agencies — the FBI, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NASA — were rated positively by a majority of Americans in a new Gallup survey measuring opinions of several high-profile government agencies.

The pollster asked respondents to grade the job performance of the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Reserve Board, FBI, Central Intelligence Agency, Internal Revenue Service, Environmental Protection Agency, CDC and NASA. It last graded these agencies six years ago and added the Food and Drug Administration during this latest round of questioning.

Of those agencies, only NASA, FBI and CDC received “excellent” or “good” ratings from a majority of respondents; CDC had a combined 61 percent, while the space agency and FBI both earned 58 percent.

On the flip side, the Federal Reserve, FDA, EPA and IRS had at least 20 percent of respondents rate them poorly. The Fed’s “poor” ranking climbed 15 percentage points from 2003 — perhaps not surprising, given its role in the current economic crisis.

In other polling news, the latest Post-ABC News poll asked Americans if NASA’s effort to land a man on the moon 40 years ago was worth it. Overall, 70 percent said the moon missions were worth the hefty price tag.

See the poll results here: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2009/07/cdc_nasa_earn_top_polling_scor.html

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