A new national survey finds the public continues to express positive views of many federal government agencies, even though previous surveys have shown overall trust in government is near historic lows. Large majorities express favorable views of such government agencies as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NASA and the Defense Department. Favorable opinions surpass unfavorable views for seven of eight government agencies tested, with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as the lone exception. While overall favorable ratings for most of the agencies tested have changed little over time, there has been a sharp decline in positive views of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The survey also finds the public expresses mixed views of the IRS, as tax season begins: 45% have a favorable opinion of the tax agency, while 48% have an unfavorable view.