“The overall decline in favorability toward the federal government in Washington is consistent with other views of government,” according to the report. “Recent Pew Research Center studies have shown overall public trust in government at or near all-time lows.”
The survey results showed favorability ratings differed based on political affiliations. While 51 percent of Democrats had a positive view of the federal government, only 20 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of independents gave federal government favorable ratings.
Pew also found a growing gap between Americans’ views of the federal government versus state and local governments. Fifty-two percent of Americans had a favorable rating for state governments and 61 percent for local governments.