A Pew Research Center poll found that only 33 percent of Americans have a positive view of the federal government. (Blair Wheeler / Staff)
Most Americans believe the federal government is corrupt, inefficient and careless with taxpayer dollars, according to a new survey.
Only 33 percent of Americans have a positive view of the federal government — the lowest in 15 years — according to the Pew Research Center poll of 1,004 adults conducted April 4-15.
Among the findings:
• 79 percent do not believe the federal government is careful with taxpayer dollars.
• 71 percent say the federal government is generally inefficient.
• 66 percent do not believe the federal government addresses people's needs.
• 54 percent say it is mostly corrupt.
State and local governments fared much better, with 61 percent of Americans viewing their local government favorably and 52 percent viewing their state government favorably.
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