- The Washington Times - Friday, September 5, 2014

Americans have a positive image of banking industry for the first time since 2007 and a positive view of the real estate industry for the first time since 2006, proving each sector is recovering from the doldrums of a financial recession precipitated in large part by a mortgage-linked housing bubble, according to a new survey.

Gallup said views of the real estate industry declined in the last decade and then plummeted to a negative-40 rating when the economic downtown hit in 2008. The banking industry suffered to a lesser extent due to its role in offering risky mortgages, diving into negative territory by 2009.

Now, the banking industry enjoys a positive-8 rating and real estate stands at plus-12. The ratings are the total percentage of positive views minus the percentage of negative views offered to Gallup.

“Although the images of banking and real estate remain below the average of 24 industries Gallup has tracked, their sharp recovery from their previous extreme low points suggests they are heading in the right direction,” the pollsters said.