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Americans Sour on IRS, Rate CDC and FBI Most Positively

Americans' views of the IRS have grown more negative since 2009 -- when Gallup last asked Americans to rate government agencies. Americans rate the IRS least positively of nine federal agencies, and the CDC and FBI most positively.

Americans' Ratings of CDC Down After Ebola Crisis

Americans' ratings of the job the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, is doing are down significantly from last year, whereas ratings of other key government agencies measured both years are the same or better.

Americans' Attention to IRS, Benghazi Stories Below Average

Slim majorities of Americans are closely following the situations involving the IRS (54%) and the congressional hearings on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya (53%), although most say both should be investigated.

Americans Think Officials Knew About IRS Political Targeting

Americans are more likely to believe that top officials in the IRS, as well as in the Obama administration, knew the IRS was targeting conservative groups, than to say awareness was limited to the branch office where it occurred.

Americans Reject Eliminating Departments of Government

Despite a generally negative view of the federal government, Americans soundly disagree with presidential candidate Ted Cruz's proposal to eliminate four departments of government and his proposal to abolish the IRS.

Gallup Vault: In 1975, an FBI Under Fire

In 1975, Americans' image of the FBI was much less positive than 10 years earlier, following revelations about FBI surveillance practices.

Americans Rate Postal Service Highest of 13 Major Agencies

The U.S. Postal Service ranks highest of 13 government agencies according to Americans' ratings of how well each is doing its job. Younger Americans, men and women alike, are more positive about the Postal Service than are older Americans.

Views in U.S. That Gov't Is Too Powerful Show Little Change

Fifty-four percent of Americans say the federal government has too much power; 46% say it poses an immediate threat to ordinary citizens. Despite the controversies facing agencies like the IRS, both measures show little recent change.

75% in U.S. See Widespread Government Corruption

For nearly a decade, the majority of Americans have perceived corruption as widespread in their government. In 2014, three in four saw extensive corruption -- up from two in three in 2007 (67%) and 2009 (66%).

Republicans Push Government Agency Ratings Up, but Not FBI

Republicans' ratings of the job performance of most government agencies have improved since 2014, pushing many overall agency ratings higher.
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