Best and Worst Rated Industries in the U.S.

by Alyssa Oursler | August 17, 2012 8:30 am

A recent Gallup poll[1] shows that the oil and gas industry has the worst image out of 25 business and industry sectors, with the federal government faring only slightly better.

Since 2003, the government’s rating has taken a significant hit, with negative ratings jumping around 25%. The ratings for the federal government, though,  improved from last year — the most negative year on record.

Taking the other extreme is the computer industry — with names like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL[2]) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG[3]) — followed by the restaurant industry.

Which isn’t all-that surprising — people love their Macs and snacks. In fact, five of the six highest-rated business and industry sectors, based on their net positive scores, were related to the computer or food sector of the economy.

Compared to last year, the healthcare, education and retail sectors saw the greatest improvements in their image. In fact, the view of healthcare is the best it’s been in the past decade.

Banking, farming/agriculture and electric and gas utilities, on the other hand, all slightly worsened over the year. The drought and subsequent spike in food prices[4] could be to blame for the farming sector, while things like gas prices, the recent Chevron (NYSE:CVX[5]) fire[6] and bank corruption[7] and lay-offs[8] are all possible explanations for the other two.

Endnotes:
  1. recent Gallup poll: http://www.gallup.com/poll/156713/Americans-Rate-Computer-Industry-Best-Oil-Gas-Worst.aspx?version=print
  2. AAPL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AAPL
  3. GOOG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GOOG
  4. spike in food prices: http://investorplace.com/2012/08/5-ways-the-drought-could-dry-up-you-wallet/
  5. CVX: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CVX
  6. fire: http://investorplace.com/2012/08/chevron-refinery-fire-could-led-to-nationwide-gas-price-hike/
  7. bank corruption: http://investorplace.com/2012/07/bad-bad-banks-a-spate-of-sinful-behavior/
  8. lay-offs: http://investorplace.com/2012/08/layoffs-looming-at-wall-streets-big-banks/

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