• Home
    Home We Serve America's Restaurants Representing nearly 500,000 restaurant businesses, we advocate for restaurant and foodservice industry interests and provide tools and systems that help members of all sizes achieve success.
  • Foundation
    Foundation Building & Retaining Talent The NRAEF is focused on developing a stronger workforce and building the next generation of industry leaders through education, scholarships and community engagement.
  • Show
    Show May 18-21, 2019 As the international foodservice marketplace, the National Restaurant Association Show provides unparalleled opportunities for buyers and sellers to come together, conduct business and learn from each other.
  • ServSafe
    ServSafe Minimize Risk. Maximize Protection. For over 40 years, ServSafe® training programs have delivered the knowledge, leadership and protection that have earned the trust and confidence of business leaders everywhere.

National Restaurant Association - Annual Gallup poll shows Americans retain positive view of restaurants

Skip to navigation Skip to content

News & Research

Email Print
News RSS

Annual Gallup poll shows Americans retain positive view of restaurants

Americans continue to view restaurants in a positive light, according to a Gallup survey released last week. The restaurant industry was again found to be one of the most highly regarded business sectors in America – a position the industry has held since Gallup started its annual poll of consumer perception of industries in 2001.

This year, restaurants came in second only to the computer industry, with farming and agriculture ranking third.

According to National Restaurant Association research, 93 percent of Americans say they enjoy going to restaurants, and 79 percent say that dining out is a better way for them to make use of their leisure time than cooking at home. 

Restaurants are also strong contributors to the nation’s economy and to local communities. Employing more than 13 million people, the restaurant industry continues to post job growth at double the rate of the overall economy and is expected to outpace overall employment growth for the 14th consecutive year in 2013.

In addition, more than nine out of 10 restaurants are actively involved in charitable activities. Collectively, the charitable contributions of the nation’s nearly one million restaurants are estimated to reach up to $3 billion each year.

The Gallup poll asks Americans to rate industries on a scale from "very positive" to "very negative." Lowest on the list this year are oil and gas, the federal government, and the healthcare industry.

Conserve RSS Healthcare RSS Conserve RSS

▲ Back to Top

We're glad you're here!®

® 2012-2017 National Restaurant Association. All rights reserved.

2055 L St. NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-5900 | (800) 424-5156