Consumers

The image of the U.S. real estate industry improved for the fifth straight year in 2016, with more than twice as many Americans having a positive view (44%) as a negative view (21%).

Of 25 business and industry sectors, the restaurant industry has the top image score this year, with 66% of Americans rating it positively and only 7% negatively. Computers are a close second, while the federal government is dead last.

More than six in 10 Americans think it is likely the U.S. economy will become cashless in their lifetime. Still, more say they personally like to have cash on them at all times than say they are comfortable without it.

The United Kingdom's decision to exit the European Union did not immediately affect confidence in the U.S. economy. Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index was -16 in three-day rolling averages recorded before and after the referendum.