The lowly rating for Washington compares to 63 percent of people holding a favorable opinion of their local governments and 57 percent expressing a favorable view of their state governments.
Even among Democrats, who tend to show more support for government, the numbers have dipped on the federal side. Fewer than half of Democrats– 41 percent– said they hold a favorable opinion of the federal government, representing a 10-point drop from the previous year.
This year’s survey marks the first time since Barack Obama became president that most Democrats have held an unfavorable view of the government, Pew said in a statement.
Only 13 percent of Republicans expressed favorable views of the federal government this year, as opposed to 20 percent last year.
The Pew survey found positive ratings across party lines for state and local governments.
Pew conducted its survey with 1,501 adults from March 13-17.
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