FAA The Most Popular Gov’t Agency; IRS The Most Unpopular

Sixty percent (60%) of voters have a favorable opinion of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that just 13% have an unfavorable rating giving the FAA a net positive rating of 47 points. That makes it the most popular of a dozen federal agencies tested in the survey.

Tied for number two on the list are the Food and Drug Administration (64% favorable, 23% unfavorable) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (59% favorable, 18% unfavorable). Both have a net positive rating of 41 points.

At the other end of the spectrum are two agencies with net negative ratings. The IRS is at -4 points (40% favorable, 44% unfavorable) and the Federal Elections Commission is at -3 (34% favorable, 37% unfavorable).

In between are the Drug Enforcement Administration (+35), the Federal Communications Commission (+27), the Securities and Exchange Commission (+23), the Environmental Protection Agency (+23), the Federal Trade Commission (+20), the Department of Veterans Affairs (+20), and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (+14).

See question wording and crosstab results.

Data released earlier shows that voters have decidedly mixed feelings about federal regulatory efforts. Most (59%) believe that, to protect consumers, federal regulators should be given more power to oversee the practices of large corporations. But, rather than protecting consumers, 75% believe federal regulations often needlessly raise prices for consumers.

If every American actually tried to follow every single federal regulation, 76% of voters believe they would spend all their time with paperwork and nothing would get done. Seventy-six percent (76%) also believe that bureaucrats are inwardly driven to expand their rules into every corner of American life.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted February 15-16, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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