Americans not impressed by open government initiatives

President Barack Obama once proclaimed his administration to be the most transparent in history, but a new survey suggests Americans have mixed thoughts on whether new initiatives to open government and its data will make a significant difference in holding the powerful accountable.

A report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, in conjunction with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, found that most Americans are not engaged with using government data sources. Just 7 percent say local governments share their information effectively.

Even fewer — 5 percent of more than 3,000 American adults surveyed — think federal government agencies are doing a very effective job sharing the data they collect. Continue>>>