Agriculture identified as the top-rated industry in Gallup poll

Farming and Agriculture topped the 2020 Gallup poll chart as the best rated US industry.

While agriculture has been among the top-rated industries for several years, this is the first time in poll’s 20 year history that it secured the top spot- with a positive rating of 69%, an increase of 11 percentage points from last year.

Gallup suggests the boost in positivity toward agriculture stemmed from COVID-19 as the public expressed more appreciation for the work of three industries important to people’s wellbeing including farming, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. 

The former top-ranking industries – restaurants and computers – remained in the top four while the travel industry saw an 11% drop. The largest decline was for the sports industry with its positive score dropping from 45% to 30%, partially from COVID-19 disrupting relationships with fans, but also from the increased social and political activism of players, coaches and teams.

The results were part of the Gallup Poll Social Series that surveyed more than 1,000 Americans over the age of 18 in all 50 states. The poll focused on 25 US business and industry sectors.

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