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CDC, NASA, FBI Earn Top Polling Scores

By Ed O'Keefe



NASA, the CDC and FBI scored best in a recent poll of government agencies' performance.

Only three federal agencies -- the FBI, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NASA -- were rated positively by a majority of Americans in a new Gallup survey measuring opinions of several high-profile government agencies.

The pollster asked respondents to grade the job performance of the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Reserve Board, FBI, Central Intelligence Agency, Internal Revenue Service, Environmental Protection Agency, CDC and NASA. It last graded these agencies six years ago and added the Food and Drug Administration during this latest round of questioning.

Of those agencies, only NASA, FBI and CDC received "excellent" or "good" ratings from a majority of respondents; CDC had a combined 61 percent, while the space agency and FBI both earned 58 percent.

On the flip side, the Federal Reserve, FDA, EPA and IRS had at least 20 percent of respondents rate them poorly. The Fed's "poor" ranking climbed 15 percentage points from 2003 -- perhaps not surprising, given its role in the current economic crisis.

In other polling news, the latest Post-ABC News poll asked Americans if NASA's effort to land a man on the moon 40 years ago was worth it. Overall, 70 percent said the moon missions were worth the hefty price tag.

The full results from Gallup's survey is after the jump.

Post polling analyst Jennifer Agiesta contributed to this report.

Leave your thoughts on government agencies' performance in the comments section below.

Here are the 2009 and 2003 results from Gallup's survey of select government agencies:

NASA:

Date Excellent Good Only Fair Poor No Opinion
July 10-12, 2009 13 45 26 7 10
Sept. 8-10, 2003 12 38 36 10 4

Department of Homeland Security:

Date Excellent Good Only Fair Poor No Opinion
July 10-12, 2009 8 38 31 18 4
Sept. 8-10, 2003 10 38 33 15 4

The Federal Reserve Board:

Date Excellent Good Only Fair Poor No Opinion
July 10-12, 2009 4 26 35 22 13
Sept. 8-10, 2003 10 43 33 5 9

The Federal Bureau of Investigation:

Date Excellent Good Only Fair Poor No Opinion
July 10-12, 2009 10 48 27 7 8
Sept. 8-10, 2003 10 43 31 12 4

The Central Intelligence Agency:

Date Excellent Good Only Fair Poor No Opinion
July 10-12, 2009 10 37 29 13 12
Sept. 8-10, 2003 9 36 35 13 7

The Internal Revenue Service:

Date Excellent Good Only Fair Poor No Opinion
July 10-12, 2009 5 35 36 20 5
Sept. 8-10, 2003 6 38 38 15 3

The Environmental Protection Agency:

Date Excellent Good Only Fair Poor No Opinion
July 10-12, 2009 5 37 33 21 4
Sept. 8-10, 2003 6 33 38 20 3

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Date Excellent Good Only Fair Poor No Opinion
July 10-12, 2009 11 50 24 10 5
Sept. 8-10, 2003 18 48 25 6 3

The Food and Drug Administration:

Date Excellent Good Only Fair Poor No Opinion
July 10-12, 2009 5 33 37 22 3

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 20, 2009; 5:11 PM ET
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