- Few politicians are really honest. I have little interest in politics.
a little are more positive: their meaning is more like ‘some’. Compare:
- His ideas are very difficult, and few people understand them.
( = not many people; hardly any people)
His ideas are very difficult, but a few people understand them.
( = some people — better than nothing)
Cactuses need little water. Give the roses a little water every day.
- Only a few people speak a foreign language perfectly.
Come on! We haven’t got much time!