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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Floridians give state government low ratings

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December

More from Leadership Florida's Sunshine State Survey: "Floridians give government, particularly the federal government, lower ratings for the job it does serving the public. State government’s handling of Florida’s major public policy issues remain generally mixed, with improvements in some areas and major declines in several others.

"Statewide, only 30 percent rated state government’s performance as 'excellent' or 'good,' local county government also received a 30 percent positive rating. In both instances, however, these ratings were considerably higher than Floridians' view of the federal government, which drew a dismal 20 percent positive rating. Other institutions, including local school boards (26 percent), city government (32 percent) and the state court system (27 percent) were rated in the same range as state and local government."

Only 20 percent said the state did a good or excellent job managing finances, and only 16 percent were impressed with job creation, a 20-point drop over two years. In contrast, nearly three in four Floridians gave the state high marks for making voting convenient; 55 percent said it did a good job higher education.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:08pm]

    

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