InfoAndInfluence.com - The reputations of industry sectors that take care of people and improve well-being are on the rise during the pandemic era.
For the first time in the 20-year history of the Gallup Organization’s tracking of industry sector reputations, farming and agriculture sits on top as the clear leader with a net positive rating (positive minus negative ratings) of +58 percentage points.
The grocery industry is second with a 51 percent net positive. Restaurants are third at +46 percent, the computer industry fourth at +44 percent and the retail industry fifth at +35 percent.
The pharmaceutical industry’s positive rating improved seven points from last year to 34 percent, but it still ranks next to last with a net positive rating of -20 points. It yielded 2019’s dead last position to the federal government.
The federal government’s drop to the bottom is undoubtedly linked to its mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the divisive, conflicting messaging coming from the White House, CDC and FDA.
The largest drop was the sports industry. Its positive rating fell 15 points from 45 to 30 percent and it’s now in negative territory with a -10 net positive score, down from last year’s net positive score of +20 points.
Almost all of industry’s decline was among Republicans and independents, with no change among Democrats.
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