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Poll: Americans think government is secretive

U.S. also factors secrecy into voting choices
March 16, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new poll suggests there's been a significant jump in the percentage of Americans who believe the federal government is somewhat or very secretive. The survey says 74 percent of Americans questioned this year feel that way; that's up from 62 percent in 2006.

The survey also finds fewer people believe the same degree of secrecy takes place on the local level.

Also, it seems more people are considering the issue of secrecy when picking a presidential candidate. The poll says nearly nine out of 10 of those asked believe it's important to know the positions of presidential and congressional candidates on open government.

The survey of 1,012 people was conducted by Scripps Howard News Service and Ohio University in conjunction with Sunshine Week, which is a nationwide effort by media organizations to draw attention to the public's right to know.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

 

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