Americans No Longer Hate The Car Industry

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
americans no longer hate the car industry

For the last two years, more Americans have seen the auto industry in a negative light than positive, as layoffs, bankruptcies, bailouts and energy price volatility have piled on the bad news. Now, according to the latest Gallup polling, those perceptions are starting to swing back around. The industry once again scores more favorable impressions than negative, although its 39 percent favorable is only as good as its 2006 level. Meanwhile, negative impressions are up four points from ’06, at 36 percent, and the industry is perceived less positively than industries like “Sports,” Publishing and Accounting . This indicates that, although the worst PR of the bailout-era is behind the industry, it’s still battling a long-term erosion in favorable impressions, as well as significantly higher unfavorable ratings. The momentum may have turned, but automakers still aren’t winning the PR war.

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  • AaronH AaronH on Aug 26, 2010

    Shows that a lot of Americans are just media-programmable idiots. When the media trashes the automobile for being "bad for the envior-mint", then the public school TV watchers bah like sheep.

  • Ash78 Ash78 on Aug 26, 2010

    With taxpayers' silver Turds are polished gold What did you bring us, Herr Edward? Bring us from the Gallup poll?

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Aug 26, 2010

    The headline should have read "Americans No Longer Hate The Car Industry [As Much]"

  • GarbageMotorsCo. GarbageMotorsCo. on Aug 27, 2010

    If I was still buying my trucks (and cars) from Government Motors I'd probably be a bit disappointed in the Industry as well. But ever since I stopped being a closed minded, ignorant idiot that wouldn't buy ANYTHINGBUTGM vehicles and realized there were plenty of way better options out there it was like an epiphany. I find that I like cars and trucks a lot more and can appreciate vehicles from all corners of the world. Well, except most Government Motors vehicles. Good riddance.