Fewer Americans are angry with the federal government now than during the fall, a survey released Thursday found.
According to the Pew Research Center poll, the number of Americans who say they are angry with the government has declined by 9 percentage points from September.
Fourteen percent of Americans are "angry" at the federal government in the new poll, down from 23 percent.
Still, the public holds a less-than-satisfied view of government, according to the poll.
While fewer Americans are outright angry, more are "frustrated" compared with September. That number has risen 7 percentage points, from 52 percent to 59 percent.
Compromising on positions likely won't lower that number. Pew found that 54 percent of Americans prefer legislators who "stick to their positions” compared with 40 percent who like those who compromise — an important statistic considering the debates over federal spending.
Along party lines, Pew found 63 percent of Republicans prefer legislators who do not compromise, compared with 32 percent who do. Democrats are split more evenly, with 48 percent who like officials who do not compromise and 46 percent who do.
Independents are more like Republicans, with 53 percent who do not like legislators who compromise and 41 percent who prefer them.
The poll was taken Feb. 22–March 1; 1,504 adults were surveyed.