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Americans: U.S. Mint excellent, SEC bad, others inbetween

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Eight in ten (79%) U.S. adults say the U.S. Mint does its job excellent or pretty good, making it the highest rated of 17 government agencies tested.

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Other agencies with strong positive ratings include the Federal Aviation Administration or FAA (75%), The Federal Bureau of Investigation or FBI (72%), the Centers for Disease Control or CDC (69%), The National Institutes of Health or NIH (68%), the Central Intelligence Agency or CIA (67%) and the Office of the Surgeon General (66%).

The agencies with the lowest positive ratings are the Internal Revenue Service or IRS (43%), the Social Security Administration (48%), the Securities and Exchange Commission or SEC (49%), and the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA (50%), followed by the Transportation Security Administration or TSA (54%) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or HHS (55%).

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,232 U.S. adults surveyed online between January 14 and 20, 2015, in a survey that asked the public to rate 17 of the most visible federal government agencies.

The poll used the same questions featured in six previous polls over the past 15 years. This year's iteration added two new government agencies: the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The FAA's positive ratings (75%) represent an increase of 17 points over its score in 2000 (the study's inaugural year, when 58% gave it positive ratings) and 4 points since 2009 (when 71% did the same).

Positive ratings for the FBI (72%) are up four points from its first inclusion in the study (in 2001, when 68% gave it positive ratings) and down three points from its 2009 peak (when 75% indicated the same).

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