Gallop Poll Confirmed Americans Value Parks
Three-quarters of Americans are satisfied with the work the federal government does in responding to natural disasters, and nearly as many applaud the government's efforts on national parks and open space, according to the latest Gallop poll.
A majority also rate the government positively for its handling of homeland security, transportation, and the military and national defense. Americans are most likely to be dissatisfied with the government's handling of the nation's finances and poverty.
The results are based on a June 20-24 Gallup poll asking Americans to assess the federal government's performance for each of 19 functions it handles. While Americans are more dissatisfied than satisfied with most of the functions, there are key areas of strength for the government, notable at a time when Americans are so critical of the government in general.
Americans may be satisfied with the government's role in national parks and transportation because these are generally noncontroversial areas that require relatively limited government funding and attention. For example, the Department of Transportation and the Department of the Interior (which contains the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management) made up only a combined 3% of President Barack Obama's proposed 2013 federal budget.
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Here's a table showing one survey question and its results: