United We Stand...on Technology

  • May 05, 2010

You may take some whacks at Goldman Sachs but don't lay a hand on my PCs or Macs! That at least is the message one might take from a perusal of Americans' judgments about who and what are having positive or negative effects on the way things are going in the country today.

March Pew Research Center survey found public satisfaction with the state of the nation continuing to decline while anger and frustration with the federal government mounts. Nor are the feds the sole target of public distrust. Numerous other institutions share in its opprobrium. On the scale of positive judgments by American adults, banks and other financial institutions, large corporations, labor unions – even the news media and entertainment industry – all score in the 20s or low 30s.

That institutions of higher education, churches and other religious organizations and that perennial favorite "small business" earn higher ratings is perhaps unsurprising. More striking is that at the top of the popularity list – essentially tied with small business for first place in making a positive difference while outranking even religious institutions – are technology companies.

Read the full report United We Stand...on Technology on the Pew Research Center's Web site.