Study: Americans Call for Transparency

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Thursday, February 18th, 2010

The American people are hungrier than ever for government transparency, according to a new study commissioned by the Association of Government Accountants — and chief among their concerns is taxpayer spending.

A supermajority of Americans—75 percent—believe it is very important for the government to publish its finances and spending programs.

Not only do Americans feel this is important, the lack of transparency has produced distrust and disappointment in many citizens.

Only 15 percent say they are very or extremely satisfied with the level of financial transparency with the government. But not all news is bad news—that is more than double last year’s satisfaction rate. The Obama administration and congress have pledged to open up government documents regarding spending to the public via the web, including www.recovery.gov (Read about it here).

The poll was conducted by Harris Interactive and interviewed more than 1000 online respondents. You can read the full report here.

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