CDC Tops Gallup Ratings; Federal Reserve Lowest

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NASA and the FBI earn credit for a job well done from a majority of Americans, according to a recent Gallup poll. The 61 percent who say the CDC is doing an excellent or good job can be contrasted with the 30 percent who say this of the Federal Reserve Board, making the latter the worst reviewed of nine agencies and departments rated.

The two national security-oriented groups included in the recent poll — the CIA and the Department of Homeland Security — receive moderate performance ratings, with just under half of Americans saying each is doing an excellent or good job.

The Environmental Protection Agency, Internal Revenue Service, and Food and Drug Administration fall a notch lower in the rankings.

The only significant changes since 2003 are a sharp deterioration in perceptions about the Federal Reserve, and a decline in highly positive views toward the CDC.

In 2003, 53 percent of Americans said the Federal Reserve was doing an excellent or good job and 5 percent called it poor.

The CDC has had a particularly high public profile since April, when cases of the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, were first detected in the United States. Compared with six years ago, fewer Americans believe the agency is doing an “excellent” job — now 11 percent, down from 18 percent. Overall, the percentage saying it is doing an excellent or good job is now 61 percent, down from 66 percent.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NASA and the FBI earn credit for a job well done from a majority of Americans, according to a recent Gallup poll. The 61 percent who say the CDC is doing an excellent or good job can be contrasted with the 30 percent who say this of the Federal Reserve Board, making the latter the worst reviewed of nine agencies and departments rated.

The two national security-oriented groups included in the recent poll — the CIA and the Department of Homeland Security — receive moderate performance ratings, with just under half of Americans saying each is doing an excellent or good job.

The Environmental Protection Agency, Internal Revenue Service, and Food and Drug Administration fall a notch lower in the rankings.

The only significant changes since 2003 are a sharp deterioration in perceptions about the Federal Reserve, and a decline in highly positive views toward the CDC.

In 2003, 53 percent of Americans said the Federal Reserve was doing an excellent or good job and 5 percent called it poor.

The CDC has had a particularly high public profile since April, when cases of the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, were first detected in the United States. Compared with six years ago, fewer Americans believe the agency is doing an “excellent” job — now 11 percent, down from 18 percent. Overall, the percentage saying it is doing an excellent or good job is now 61 percent, down from 66 percent.

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