Previously we noted how Americans view various professions. With nurses rating highest. While members of Congress and car salespeople are lowest. Today, we look at how we rate federal agencies.

Before reading below, consider how YOU would rate these U.S. agencies. Listed alphabetically: 

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • FBI
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • NASA, the U.S. space agency
  • Postal Service
  • Secret Service
  • Veterans Administration


A 2019 Gallup Poll: How We Rate Federal Agencies

At first, we might think that U.S. agencies rate rather low in our eyes. Yet, that is not necessarily correct. As Gallup discovered earlier this year. 

With that in mind, let’s look at the observations of Gallup’s Lydia Said:

“Americans maintain a mostly positive view of the job each of eight high-profile federal departments and agencies. Out of 13 such entities measured in a new Gallup poll. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) remains the top-rated agency, with 74% saying it is doing an ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ job. This conforms with its No. 1 status in all prior years Gallup measured it. Including 2014, 2017, and 2018.”

Before reading the prior statement, would you believe that the USPS would rate as best? 🙂

“In addition, seven agencies earn positive ratings from a majority of Americans. Including the Secret Service at 69%. Followed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the CIA, NASA, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. While the IRS and Federal Reserve Board earn good marks from about half the public.”

“Yet, three agencies garner more only fair/poor than excellent/good ratings. The Food and Drug Administration. The Environmental Protection Agency. And the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (‘the Veterans’ Administration’ or VA’). In fact, the VA has consistently ranked last on the list each year it has been measured. With its excellent/good score ranging from 29% (after reports of veterans dying due to long waits for care at VA hospitals) to 39%.”


How We Rate Federal Agencie

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