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Americans don't like government. But for the first time in a long while, it's not the most hated industry in the country. That honor now belongs to the oil and gas industry, what with climbing prices at the pumps and the BP oil spill still fresh in many people's minds.

A new poll conducted by Gallup asked thousands of Americans how they feel about 25 of the nation's largest industries -- positive, neutral or negative. Perhaps not surprisingly, the most popular industries are those that involve discretionary spending. The four with the most positive response -- the Internet, restaurants, retail and computers -- are all things Americans use primarily for leisure.

Conversely, the industries people dislike the most are the ones they can't do without -- banking, oil and gas, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Banking saw the biggest increase in negative image since the survey was first conducted, with 23% responding negatively in 2001, compared with 53% in 2012. Healthcare, on the other hand, saw an uptick in positive perception, from 27% in 2011 to 42% in 2012, the biggest improvement in positive opinion in the country.

Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of Gallup, pointed to negative feelings about the subprime mortgage crisis as the likely reason for the shift in attitude toward banking and real estate, though he was quick to add that real estate agents shouldn't take it personally. "We're not thinking about our local Remax estate agent who's a nice person. We're think about the big repackagers of mortgages and subprime mortgages, and how those have all gone wrong."

To rank the most hated industries, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 private sector industries with the most overall negative views among the 25 industries Gallup included in its annual Work and Education survey. We also reviewed the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ASCI), which employs a multiequation econometric model to score industries on a 0-100 scale.

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Government involvement generally increases in each industry from 10-1. Coincidence?

August 28 2012 at 1:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

All ten are needed for a healthy, capitalist society like the USA.
All require participation by PRODUCTIVE members of such society.
Of course, many in the USA swallow too much Kool-Aid and are looking
for a continued fix from the rest. Let them get off their rear. Keep your hands
out of my pockets!

August 27 2012 at 7:32 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

So, President Obamahas had three and one half years to bring us back from the brink of collapse. If I remember correctly, it was Bush who stold one election in 2000, and another in 2004 with the help of Rove, his brother Jeb, the AG Katherine Harris, and the right leaning Supreme Court. And over those eight years, we were lied into two wars, one of which is still ******* our money (Billions!) and American loss of lives (Thousands!). The economy was on the brink, but President Obama saved us. Now, he's had a short time to undo those eight long years, and the neocons and tea baggers put the blame on him. Grover Norquist has House Republicans sign a pledge to avoid compromise so they can point the finger of their failure on Demoocrats. What a way to run the country! Pretty sad.

August 27 2012 at 7:20 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

The Industries of Greed. Not surprised.

August 27 2012 at 7:03 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I am amazed, and dismayed, that there are sooo many rednecked posters blaming the Democrats for the country's woes. The House especially and the Senate have one agenda - say NO to progress. Make the black President look bad. Listen to Rush and Hannity? My God, how stupid do you have to be? Akin and Paul voted over thirty times to pass legislation to pass amendments that would control a woman's say aboout her own body. Too bad men can can't get pregnant - maybe the attitude would be a lot different. Women have the ability to avoid pregnancy if raped? Well, Republicans and Tea Baggers believe so. A Romney win would strip benefits from those who need them the most, and yet these idiots don't believe anything they haven't heard on Fox. I hope their vote comes back to bite them in the a** - serves them right. The rich and corporations are counting on those who don't believe in fact checking. Wake up!!

August 27 2012 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I just love it when so many of the posters are so clueless. Of course the big guys are hated because that's what they do........crooked business & destroy the consumer (or at least make sure he's intimidated enough not to complain!). So, the posters blame the victims. Shades of Akin's blaming rape victims for the crime. As for thinking Rush & the other gang of mouth breathers are the answer?!?!? Well..........put that crack pipe down! The mere fact we see so many ignorant folks now is that inbreeding has been allowed for far too long. It's back to the Hatfield's & McCoys. Recognize the real criminals here & if you think the GOPbaggers are the answer, then go ahead & follow that judge in Texas that just demanded CIVIL WAR if Mr. Obama wins. I for one will gladly take up arms to defeat rednecks that think that's the ONLY answer. Where does this mentality come from? I presume some mother's drank too much during pregnacy, but I'm not certain that alone contributed to such great numbers of idiots out there. BTW, that judge should be in jail along with CEO's in big business & banking & Oil crooks. Along with the one that invented the term "CLEAN COAL."

August 27 2012 at 6:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

All of them hypocritically demonized and then patronized by these lunatics so it's really just a matter of simple envy and jealousy instigated by the current administration as a way to tap into the emotional side of America rather than its thinking side. However, people are waking up and realizing they've been manipulated by the media and the Obama Machine. Not a moment too soon. There's a hurricane in Tampa and it's called Romney/Ryan.

August 27 2012 at 6:50 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Hmmmm, The oil ,and gas industry deserves some of that ill feeling here they are fracking away with our lakes ,and rivers in balance ,and I heard they are shipping some of that overseas hmmm. I know when they first started to extend taxes at the pump they said it was for incentives for GAs Oil to explore more so we could be independant ,hmmmmmm man how times have changed . All the extra money these jokers make ,and things haven t got one iota better

August 27 2012 at 6:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Anyone who isn't angry as h**l about everything that ALL politiicans (dems, reps, tps,) are doing just aren't paying attention. Do ANY of you actually think that ANY candidate for ANY office cares about ANYTHING except the amount of $$ in their pockets? If you do, you're blind....and deaf.....and just plain STUPID! Helen Kellar could see that for God's sake!

August 27 2012 at 6:27 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Debby's comment

Well said Debby. Thank you.

August 27 2012 at 11:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I will reiterate what I wrote below.

This is just another liberal article to get Americans to hate capitalism and, through extension, get Obama reelected.

They really are trying every trick in the book just as we were warned by Rush, Hannity, and other conservatives. And as we have always been warned about underhanded, dishonest, and disgusting leftist methods.

It won't work. Obama is finished.

August 27 2012 at 6:14 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Doug's comment

Are you the guy I saw on a Tea Party documentary that logs into Amazon.com and gives all of those "liberal books" a negative rating? Come on Doug, you don't believe that most Americans are fed up to their necks with the industries mentioned. Taxpayer subsidies for gas and oil, bailouts for the irresponsible bankers and a 2005 Medicare bill that was a giveaway of taxpayer money to big Pharma. Capitalism? Not hardly.

August 27 2012 at 7:12 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Wow, you get your news from "Rush, Hannity, and other" Fascists of the far Right. Am I impressed!

Of course everyone knows capitalism is not only an economic system but a religion. It says so right in the Bible--in the section where, after creating the Earth, God then creates Capitalism. And of course no big company would EVER consider taking advantage of its customers with dangerous products, false advertising or polluting the environment.

As for "underhanded, dishonest and disgusting" methods: Fascistic types have gained a monopoly on these--as Mitt Romney's election effort makes clear.

November 05 2012 at 1:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply