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Image of federal government is at an all-time low
PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans view the computer industry the most positively and the federal government the least positively when asked to rate 25 business and industry sectors. All five of the top-rated sectors this year are related to either computers or food.
Gallup has asked Americans each August since 2001 to indicate whether they have positive or negative views of a list of business and industry sectors. The 2011 update is from Gallup's Aug. 11-14 survey
The results range from a +62 net positive rating for the computer industry to a -46 net positive rating for the federal government.
The sectors Americans view most negatively have all had well-publicized problems in recent years. The federal government has been near the bottom of the list in previous years, but is at the absolute bottom this year for the first time, displacing the oil and gas industry. Seventeen percent of Americans have a positive view of the federal government -- the lowest of any sector tested this year -- while 63% have a negative image. Only one sector, oil and gas, has a higher negative percentage, 64%.
Originally posted by AnIntellectualRedneck
The federal government's popularity is lower than the gas and oil industries and the banking industry...wow. I've never seen it laid out exactly like that before, but that's amazing.