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State, local government more popular than federal
Poll: State, local governments more popular than Washington, but still seen as inefficient
By The Associated Press

Washington (AP) ' A new poll from the Pew Research Center has found that more people have positive impressions of their state and local governments than of the government in Washington.

Just one-third of the public views the federal government favorably, the least positive rating in the 15 years since Pew began asking the question.

But slightly more than half of those surveyed by Pew, or 52 percent, view their state governments favorably. The rating climbs to 61 percent for local governments.

Still, those positive views do not mean people are impressed with their state government's performance.

Majorities say their state government is inefficient and, like Washington, not careful with the people's money.

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