Farming’s popularity among Americans gets political

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Thumbs up Regardless of political parties, most Americans – both Republicans and Democrats – share a generally positive view of farming and agriculture.

According to a new Gallup survey, agriculture and farming were popular most among Republicans, who considered it the most positive than any other business and industry. Two thirds of the Republicans surveyed gave positive ratings to the industry compared to 57 percent of Democrats.

Rick Newman wrote for Yahoo! Finance that Americans gave many industries an approval boost this year, including restaurants, computers, the Internet and even Uncle Sam.

“On the whole, in fact, Americans seem considerably less cranky toward most industries than they were just a couple years ago. Imagine that: An improving economy makes everyone more popular,” Newman wrote.

When broken down by age, agriculture was rated positively across the ages. From Americans between the ages of 18 and 29, 62 percent gave the industry a positive ranking, compared to 57 percent of those aged between 30 and 49 years and 61 percent of participants aged 50 years or older.

Farming was considered one of the top three most positively-rated industries of all ages surveyed. Click here to see the survey results.

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everywhere,usa  |  August, 27, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Well DUH! Everyone loves to eat. Not to mention they do have some of the coolest tools to work with like tractors.

kansas  |  August, 28, 2013 at 01:59 PM

I wish Matt were right about "everyone". The reality is that very few have any idea what the reality of where food comes from and how it's produced - and those that do, don't understand and are easily convinced what we do is "evil" animal cruelty and environment damaging. What they "like" is a myth, created by a century of nostalgia mongering and disneyfication by mass media. So the question is how do we exploit the warm and fuzzy feelings the seriously ignorant masses feel for us while it's still warm? What can we do to leverage this against the vicious enemies we are encountering now, trying to destroy the business that feeds our families and forms our legacies? We need much, much better professional representation from our producer organizations. Surely we can afford to hire the HSUS/PETA/GreenPeace/SierraClub quality PR & Ad firms, can't we? Time's running out, kids.

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