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Americans' impressions of U.S. economy grew significantly

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Americans' overall impressions of six major sectors of the U.S. economy grew significantly more positive this year.

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Farming and agriculture saw the biggest improvement, with 70% now viewing it positively, up 15 percentage points from 2016. Americans are also more positive about education, the computer, real estate and sports industries, and the legal field.

Most of the other industries that Gallup tracks posted at least slight increases and none lost ground.

As a result, a majority of Americans rate nine business sectors positively this year - the most in any year since 2003.

This year's majority-pleasing sectors include the computer, restaurant, farming and agriculture, internet, grocery, automobile, real estate, and retail industries, as well as the field of education.

Additionally, as indicated in the accompanying table, 13 sectors have now reached or tied record highs in the Gallup trend.

Gallup has tracked Americans' overall impressions of 24 business and industry sectors each August since 2001, with the federal government added to the list in 2003. The latest results are based on an Aug. 2-6 Gallup poll.

The improved ratings this year are evident in a six-point uptick to 50% in the average positive rating for the 24 business and industries.

This follows several years when these positive ratings averaged closer to 45%, and are up from a low of 35% in August 2008, during the 2007-2009 recession.

At 29%, the positive rating of the federal government is relatively high, but not as high as in the early 2000s, when its image was still elevated following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

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