Matter of trust

Pew poll

More Americans have a favorable view of the Postal Service than any other government agency, a new survey by the Pew Research Center has found.

Eighty-four percent of respondents view USPS favorably, ranking it highest on a list of 17 federal agencies.

Rounding out the top five: the National Parks Service (viewed favorably by 75 percent), the Centers for Disease Control (71 percent), NASA (70 percent) and the FBI (68 percent).

The findings, released Nov. 23, are based on interviews with 6,000 individuals that represent a sampling of the nation.

The results align with similar surveys, including a Gallup poll in May that found that the public is overwhelmingly satisfied with mail delivery, ranking it higher than any other government service.

Pew’s findings on the Postal Service are part of a broader poll on the public’s trust in government.

“[M]ost Americans give government good ratings in a number of areas,” Pew’s analysts wrote.

Half or more say the government is doing a “very good” or “somewhat good” job in 10 areas, including responding to natural disasters and setting workplace standards.