A Harris Interactive poll also has news about the flagging relationship between Americans and 20 sectors of the national marketplace.
“Three industries have seen truly massive declines in their reputations since Harris first asked these questions eleven years ago in 1997,” the survey said, pointing the finger at oil, airline and drug companies.
Tobacco companies got the worst reports, with 70 percent of the respondents saying they do a “bad job serving their customers.”
Oil companies were next on the roster, with almost two-thirds condemning their reputation. HMOs were next with a 54 percent negativity rating, followed by health insurance companies (53 percent), drug companies (41 percent) and cable companies (40 percent).
The Harris respondents were easiest on supermarkets. Despite rising prices, 90 percent of the respondents said their local grocery did a good job serving the community.