For first time during Obama presidency, majority of Democrats have unfavorable view of federal government

Vince Coglianese Editorial Director
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The United States federal government is rapidly falling out of favor with the country’s Democrats, according to new polling data released by the Pew Research Center.

The federal government has been wildly unpopular for some time, explains Pew, but even with President Barack Obama in the driver’s seat, the percentage of Democrats finding favor with the federal government has plummeted 10 points in the last year, down to just 41 percent of that party.

The new data mark the first time Democrats have declared the Obama-led federal government more unfavorable than favorable, with 51 percent of Democratic respondents expressing displeasure.

State and local governments fare much better, Pew reports, with 63 percent of respondents viewing their local governments favorably.

Just 28 percent of the country has a favorable view of the federal government.

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