Only seventeen percent of Americans have a positive view of the federal government.
According to Gallup, this is the first time the federal government has ranked at the bottom of a list of industries, displacing even the oil and gas industry which came in second to last this year.
The poll results highlight the negative opinion of government most voters have indicated in various polls following the controversial debt-ceiling vote in early August. Most polls have focused on Congress overall, or the separate Republican and Democratic parties, while Gallup focused on the image of the government overall.
Americans had a more strongly negative view of the government in this year’s poll than they have since Gallup began polling this question in 2001. In 2001, more Americans had a positive view of the federal government than negative. The government’s favorable rating has fallen since 2004, with a brief reprieve in 2009.