Gallup poll: More people have a negative view of PR and advertising

Among 25 industries in the U.S., public relations and advertising ranked 16th in terms of the public’s positive view. The industries’ image has seen an overall decline since 2001.

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Gallup asked adults in the U.S. whether they have a positive, negative, or neutral view of 25 industries, and PR and advertising didn’t fair too well—though not as badly as that of the government sector.

According to Gallup, 32 percent of Americans have a positive view of the two industries—Gallup combined them for the poll—while 29 percent took a neutral stance, and 37 percent had a negative view.

The PR and advertising industries’ net positive rating—that is, the difference between its positive and negative scores—is -5 percent. Among the 25 industries listed in the poll, PR and advertising ranked 16th overall.

Since 2001, when Gallup first started measuring the image of the two industries, the PR and advertising’s net positive rating has declined 6 percent.

The computer industry had the most-positive score, with 72 percent giving it thumbs up, 16 percent indicating neutral, and just 10 percent saying their view is negative.

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