After spending months in an oil-encrusted toilet thanks to that nasty business in the Gulf of Mexico, BP's image is apparently starting to recover, albeit slowly. In a recent poll asking consumers how they feel about public institutions, 20 percent said they were "somewhat negative" about BP and 30 percent were "very negative," but those numbers are an improvement over a June poll, in which 44 percent of respondents said they were "very negative" toward BP. I credit this to the spill fading from the headlines, because BP's efforts to clean up the mess it made have been hampered by things like restricting press access to the spill sites and Photoshopping pictures of the spill itself. It's like they're even more evil when they're trying to be good! The other option for this small upturn in public favor is that there's too much else to be angry about right now, so people don't have the emotional stamina to sustain a fiery hatred of BP. If that's true, BP could eventually get back in everyone's good graces. It'll just have to wait a while longer, until everyone forgets what weapons-grade assholes they are.