March 2, 2011

Mixed Business Climate

47-45

Roughly as many Americans have a favorable (47%) as unfavorable (45%) opinion of business corporations, a low in 20-plus years of Pew Research polling.

The public’s views of business corporations are substantially less positive than they were in January 2007. Currently, nearly as many Americans have an unfavorable opinion (45%) of business corporations as have a positive view (47%). This level of favorability is a low in a quarter-century of Pew Research polling. Business favorability is down 10 points from early 2007, when 57% of the public had a favorable view of business. Opinion of business has fallen sharply among Republicans and political independents. While a 58%-majority of Republicans still have a positive view of business corporations, in 2007 fully 70% had a positive opinion. Independents have also expressed a double-digit decline in favorable views of business, and are now less positive in their views of business corporations (41% favorable) than are Democrats (47% favorable), who registered a relatively small decline in favorability toward business. Read More