A recent Gallup poll shows that Americans have an overall positive opinion of the work being done by two federal health agencies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was given a rating of “good” or “excellent” by 60 percent of respondents. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was given equally positive and fair ratings by 77 percent of those polled. Of the ten agencies listed in the poll, FDA’s rating by the public increased the most between 2009 and 2013. Other agencies reviewed in this latest poll include NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Internal Revenue Service which scored low with nearly half (42%) saying the IRS is doing a “poor job.”
The polling, conducted between May 20 and 21, is the first taken by Gallup of these agencies since 2009 and there has been a steady increase in positive ratings for the CDC and FDA. But how will the public feel about these agencies and their service to the American people one or two years into sequestration? Only time will tell, but cuts to the budgets of these agencies could impair the ability of the CDC to protect Americans from disease outbreaks and hamper the FDA’s efforts to approve new and innovative medical treatments in a timely fashion.