Big tobacco. Big oil. Big health insurance? Perhaps the tumultuous town halls across the nation and constant debate over health care reform in recent months have conspired to sour public opinion of health insurers. This is at least the case according to the results of a poll, which finds health carriers are third in line behind tobacco and oil companies as industries seen publicly as doing a bad job.

Every year, The Harris Poll, conducted by Harris Interactive, asks a cross-section of adults their opinion of 20 leading industries—specifically, whether or not they’re doing a good or bad job of serving their consumers. The poll took the pulse of 1,010 U.S. adults surveyed by telephone between July 8 and 13, 2009.

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