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Local governments get higher marks than state, feds

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Floridians rate the performance of local governments higher than state and federal governments, according to results released Tuesday of the annual USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey.

County governments get the highest marks, with 41 percent of Floridians ranking their performance as good or excellent. That was followed by 37 percent giving good or excellent marks to school boards and city governments.

The survey found that 33 percent of Floridians give good or excellent marks to state government and 21 percent give those ratings to the federal government.

The results also noted that residents of the Miami and Fort Lauderdale region “rate the performance of all governments more negatively than residents in other parts of the state.”

The survey, a joint effort of the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences and The Nielsen Company, LLC, was conducted from July 24 to Aug. 14. It has a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.