A poll of the general public found favorable opinions, sometimes overwhelmingly so, on 14 of the 16 agencies named, with just one unfavorable and opinions evenly split on the other—and that political views in some cases weighed heavily in the responses.
The survey by the Pew Research Center found the most favorable views of the Postal Service, National Park Service, NASA and CDC, in the 80-90 percent positive range. At the bottom was ICE, with a 42-54 percent positive-to-negative perception, Education, split evenly 48-48, and VA, 52-38.
“Attitudes toward ICE continue to largely break along partisan lines: While 70 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents have a favorable view of the agency, just 19 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners say the same,” it said.
Differences also were especially notable regarding the Justice Department. Only 49 percent of Democrats now have a positive view of that department, down by 11 percentage points in a year and down from their nearly three-fourths approval in January 2017. In contrast, 61 percent of Republicans now have a positive view, up from 47 percent over that time.
Democrats also are more likely, by 59 to 49 percent, to have favorable views of the IRS. In contrast, there is now less of a partisan split regarding agencies including Education, the EPA and the FBI, it said.