Majority of U.S. drivers have positive view of trucking: Poll

John G Smith

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two-thirds of American drivers have a favorable view of the trucking industry – about the same as 2015 — while about three in four drivers believe the industry plays an important role in the national economy, a new poll suggests.

The research was conducted on behalf of the Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) education and image campaign, released on the initiative’s fifth anniversary during the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Seventy percent of surveyed motorists were overwhelmingly positive about the industry’s safety record, and 86% see trucking as a career rather than a temporary job. Fifty-seven percent believe trucks move more freight than railroads or airplanes.

The online survey, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, reached 800 adult American drivers from Feb. 14-18.

John G Smith

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking,, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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  • What a crock of BS !

    So two thirds of American drivers don’t realize that they’re getting screwed through lousy wages BY THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY , and they have a favorable view of the trucking industry ? LOL !

    Ignorance is bliss !