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Pew Report Collects Opinions on Open Government Data
The Pew Research Center’s Internet, Science & Tech division released a new report, “Americans’ Views on Open Government Data,” which is based on the first national survey designed to benchmark public sentiment about federal, state, and local government initiatives’ use of data to “cultivate the public square.” The survey was conducted in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
The report includes findings such as:
- 65% of Americans in the prior 12 months have used the internet to find data or information pertaining to government.
- 66% of Americans harbor hopes that open data will improve government accountability.
- 23% of Americans say they trust the federal government to do the right thing at least most of the time.
- People’s outlooks about open data and open government sort into four distinct groups that depend on their engagement with government data and online applications, as well as their level of optimism about how government data initiatives might impact government: ardent optimists (17% of Americans), committed cynics (20%), buoyant bystanders (27%), and dormant doubters (36%).
For more information, read the report’s summary.
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