AP U.S. Government and Politics
What federal government agency or department is viewed most favorably by the U.S. public?
How accurate was your prediction?
What is the big story the data tell about American opinion on the federal government?
Why do you think Americans have those views?
What is one consequence of Americans having such favorable opinions of these departments and agencies?
Is this good news?
Are you surprised?
Why do you think the Post Office won the most favorable rating of any agency or department?
Which of the agencies and departments listed above do you have daily contact with?
How would you answer the same questionnaire?
What do you think would be the agency or department that the public views least favorably?
What are three things Congress can do to control these agencies and departments?
What can are three things the POTUS can do to control these agencies and departments?
Why do you think that 42% of people have an unfavorable opinion of the department of education?
How different do you think Democrats and Republicans view these agencies and departments?*
Democrats and Republicans have exactly the same opinion of the Federal Reserve, yet they have very different opinions of the FBI. Why do you think that is?
Do you think that most Americans even know what the Federal Reserve does?
Do you even know what the Federal Reserve does?
If you asked most Americans if they trust the government, only 18% say, yes. However, these same Americans have a very favorable view of much of the actual government. How do you explain this dissonance?
Do you think the Trump administration is having an impact on Americans' views of the federal government?
How different were Americans' views of these same agencies in 2013* (See below) compared to now?
Next time you have contact with the federal government (it could be your mail carrier bringing you mail or an F.B.I. agent arresting you) thank them for their work for the federal government and ask them what people's attitudes are towards them. Share your thoughts about this interaction in class or online. Or, ask ten of your schoolmates their attitudes towards these agencies and departments and compare those results with the views expressed in the data.
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