Notes: The computer industry enjoys the best reputation with consumers, per Gallup, with 69% having a positive view of it versus just 10% with a negative view. The resultant net rating (% positive minus % negative) of +59 points is almost double-digits ahead of restaurants (+50), the next-highest rated. Some other industries with strong net positive perception include travel (+37), retail (+34), automotive (+27) and publishing (+20), while TV and radio (+12) and advertising and public relations (+7) sit further down the list but still in the green.
Six of the 25 industries measured have a net negative rating (more people having a negative than positive view): education (-2); the legal field (-5); healthcare (-6); pharmaceuticals (-8); oil and gas (-13); and the federal government (-13).
About the Data: Results for the Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Aug. 5-9, 2015, with a random sample of 1,011 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
Each industry was rated by a random subset of approximately 500 respondents. The margin of sampling error is Â±6 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting.