Last Updated Jan 16, 2008 2:04 PM EST
The results of the November poll were reported yesterday on the Huffington Post and the news was bad for a variety of industries.
less than 15 percent of the population believes each of the following industries to be "generally honest and trustworthy:"Surprisingly, given this level of distrust, less than half of Americans agree with more government regulation as a general principle. Give them specific proposals such a higher fuel efficiency for cars or more careful reviews of pharmaceuticals, however, and they overwhelmingly support the measures. In an election year, these are numbers to bear in mind.
- tobacco companies (3 percent);
- oil companies (3 percent);
- managed care companies such as HMOs (5 percent);
- health insurance companies (7 percent);
- telephone companies (10 percent);
- life insurance companies (10 percent);
- online retailers (10 percent);
- pharmaceutical and drug companies (11 percent);
- car manufacturers (11 percent);
- airlines (11 percent);
- packaged food companies (12 percent);
- electric and gas utilities (15 percent).