Irish singer and frontman of U2, Bono addresses delegates at the Dublin Convention Centre in Dublin, Ireland, on March 7, 2014 during The European Peoples Party (EPP) conference. AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images) (PETER MUHLY / AFP/Getty Images)
Americans believe celebrity activists are more helpful solving America’s major challenges than the federal government, according to a new poll.
Out of 1,000 people surveyed, 21 percent thought the federal government is “mostly helping” in tackling major challenges while 58 percent though it “mostly hurt” those efforts, according to an Allstate National Journal Heartland Monitor poll.
Respondents had a better perception of celebrities. Twenty four percent thought celebrity activists were “mostly helping” while only 36 percent said they were “mostly hurting.” The survey was conducted April 9 to 13 and has a margin of error of 3.1 percent.
The federal government rated just above wealthy political donors and corporate CEOs in American perception of helpfulness, according to the survey.
The groups that have the most positive scores are community groups and small business organizations – with nearly two-thirds of respondents saying they are mostly helping.