The Bulletin

How we feel about federal agencies now depends on party affiliation

By: - July 25, 2018 6:07 am

Americans’ feelings about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency that enforces laws on border control, customs, trade and immigration, are split almost evenly down the middle, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

But when factoring in respondents’ political affiliations, the difference in opinion is more stark.

Seventy-two percent of the Republican respondents of Pew’s 1,000-person sample view ICE favorably, while only 20 percent of Democrats do.

Some Democrats have started to call for getting rid of the department, which was created in 2003. The department enforces immigration laws, has raided communities to find undocumented immigrants and has been accused of operating detainment camps rife with abusive practices.

Pew also asked respondents how they felt about the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has fallen out of the good graces of some Republicans. In January 2017, 65 percent of Republicans regarded the FBI favorably, Pew reported.

Now only 49 percent of Republicans think the bureau is doing a good job.

One department Americans (mostly) agree on?

The National Parks Service. Eighty-three percent of people surveyed have a favorable view of the department.

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Mechelle Hankerson
Mechelle Hankerson

Mechelle, born and raised in Virginia Beach, is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in mass communications and a concentration in print journalism. She covered the General Assembly for the university’s Capital News Service and was among 12 student journalists in swing states selected by the Washington Post to cover the 2012 presidential election. For the past five years, she has covered local government, crime, housing, infrastructure and other issues at the Raleigh News & Observer and The Virginian-Pilot, where she most recently covered the state’s biggest city, Virginia Beach. Mechelle was with the Virginia Mercury until January 3rd, 2019.

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