President Obama has made a big deal about making it easier for people to access data the government collects -- even signing an executive order in 2013 aimed at making so-called "open data" the new default for government information.

A new report from the Pew Research Center shows that a lot of Americans use the Internet to access government data:


(Pew Research)

Some 37 percent of American adults found information or data about the federal government online during the past year, while slightly fewer did the same for state and local governments.

But that doesn't necessarily mean they're satisfied with the government's attempts to open up data: Just 5 percent of respondents to the Pew survey said the federal government "shares data very effectively." The same percentage gave state governments top marks, while slightly more ranked local government efforts that high.


(Pew Research)

A much higher percentage said government data sharing efforts were "somewhat effective" across the board, but the data still seems to suggest that Americans think the government could be doing more.

Of course, government officials probably already know that -- and there have been a number of recent initiatives aimed at upping the government's digital game. Last year saw the launch of the U.S. Digital Service, an Office of Management and Budget group aimed at consulting on institutional best practices for how agencies interact with the public online, and 18F -- a group of technologists that use a start-up mentality to approach federal IT problems housed in the General Services Administration.