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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Polarization and Ratings of Industries

Democrats and those who lean toward the Democratic Party are significantly more positive than Republicans and those who lean Republican about a number of U.S. business and industry sectors, including the federal government, the movie industry, education, publishing, the legal field, healthcare, and the automobile industry. Republicans are significantly more positive than Democrats about two sectors: the oil and gas industry and farming and agriculture.

he results are based on Gallup's Aug. 7-11 Work and Education survey in which Americans reported their overall impressions of 25 business and industry sectors, using a five-point scale ranging from "very positive" to "very negative." Overall, Americans rated the computer, restaurant, and farming and agriculture sectors most positively. The oil and gas industry and the federal government were rated most negatively. The current analysis focuses on the percentage of Americans who gave each sector a very or somewhat positive rating.