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A new report from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press finds that Americans continue have more favorable views of their state and local government.
The poll, taken earlier this month, confirms past findings: With the exception of a drop in favorability between 2008 and 2009, state government ratings have been consistent over the last four years.
Republicans are more likely to be satisfied with their state and local government than Democrats or Independents by a 62-34 margin. The report suggests this is due to the "strong satisfaction Republicans feel in the 21 states that have Republican leaders at the helm." Democrats' favorability of state government splits 50-54; Independents split 49-44.
Local government seems to enjoy the highest favorability ratings of all, with Republicans and Democrats providing almost the same favorability ratings (65 and 66 percent respectively), while Independents provided a favorability rating of 56 percent.