Survey says: more think federal government too secretive

As access advocates around the nation come together to celebrate national Sunshine Week, a new survey reports that three-quarters of American adults view the federal government as secretive, and nearly nine in 10 say it’s important to know presidential and congressional candidates’ positions on open government when deciding who to vote for.

Three-quarters of American adults view the federal government as secretive, and nearly nine in 10 say it’s important to know presidential and congressional candidates’ positions on open government when deciding who to vote for, according to a Sunshine Week survey by Scripps Howard News Service and Ohio University.

The survey shows a significant increase over the past three years in the percentage of Americans who believe the federal government is very or somewhat secretive, from 62 percent of those surveyed in 2006 to 74 percent in 2008.

You can read the whole survey here. And while you’re there, take a few minutes to poke around the Sunshine Week Web site for more interesting information about access issues around the nation.