Agriculture Ranks Top Among Americans

September 15, 2020

According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans’ overall impressions of farming and agriculture saw the biggest improvement in 2020. Of the 1,031 adults that Gallup randomly sampled, 69% had a positive view of farming and agriculture, with 19% neutral and only 11% negative, an 11 percentage point increase from 2019. This is the first time in Gallup’s 20 years of tracking Americans’ views on various business sectors that farming and agriculture ranked as the most-favored industry in the U.S.  

Rounding out the top five were the grocery industry (63% positive), restaurant industry (61% positive), computer industry (56% positive) and the retail industry (53%). The healthcare industry also saw a significant jump in its ranking, while the pharmaceutical industry saw a modest increase.  

“Every type of business and industry has been affected in some way by the coronavirus pandemic,” the Gallup news release stated. “Despite this, Americans’ views haven’t changed toward most of the 25 major business and industry sectors Gallup tracks. But the public is expressing greater appreciation for the work of three industries that are crucial to people’s well-being: farming and agriculture, healthcare and pharmaceuticals.” 

To view the full results, go to news.gallup.com/home.aspx.