When you hear about the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), it's usually because one of its agents has aggressively searched someone they probably shouldn't have searched so aggressively.

But despite the drumbeat of negative stories surrounding the folks entrusted with our airport security the general public hasn't turned on the TSA.

In fact, according to a survey of 1,014 adults by Gallup, 54 percent think the TSA is doing an excellent or good job. Thirty percent would rate the TSA's job performance as fair, and 12 percent the agency as poor.

As for its overall effectiveness in terms of preventing terrorism, 41 percent believe the techniques the TSA uses are extremely or very effective, 44 percent say they are somewhat effective, and 13 percent think they are barely effective or not effective at all.

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