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Monday, October 13, 2014

Women and the Workplace

By Art Swift, Gallup Managing Editor

This week, Gallup Business Journal, and The Gallup Blog present a series devoted to exploring a variety of questions relating to women and the workplace. In light of ongoing debates in the media about equal pay for women, flexible work schedules, and whether a woman can “have it all,” Gallup lends data-based context to the suppositions with Women and the Workplace. This series is a comprehensive examination of working women’s opinions across the concentrations of business, well-being, politics, the economy, and the international sphere.

The following 11 news stories, business features, and opinion pieces will be published this week:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The 2014 Midterm Statewide Scorecards

By Art Swift, Gallup Managing Editor

With the 2014 midterm elections fast approaching, we are pleased to announce our 2014 Statewide Scorecards are now live on These scorecards may serve as handy guides to the most pressing issues confronting residents state by state.

Each scorecard is comprised of metrics in 14 keys areas of American life, including political, economic and cultural measures. To create the scorecards, Gallup utilizes its 350,000 completed interviews each year, along with our unique 2013 50-state poll that includes more than 600 interviews in each state. The result is a comprehensive look at what Americans are thinking on a variety of the following topics:

  • Partisanship
  • Ideology
  • Presidential job approval
  • Trust in your state’s government
  • Confidence in the U.S. economy
  • Confidence in your state’s economy
  • Good time to get a job in your city or area
  • State taxes not too high
  • Payroll to Population rate
  • Best state to live in
  • Whether a resident would like to remain in state
  • Whether a resident is satisfied with a city or area
  • Religiosity
  • Whether the city or area one lives in is a good place for racial or ethnic minorities
From now until Election Day in November, will be presenting in-depth analyses in key battleground states. This week, we start with the North Carolina Senate race. We encourage you to use the scorecards when evaluating particular Senate races. These scorecards will illuminate issues facing voters state by state in a distinct way.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Economy of the World

Guest blog from Senior Editor Julie Ray

This week, will feature its first-ever series dedicated to how people worldwide answer some of today’s most pressing questions on employment and the economy. Drawing from Gallup’s World Poll surveys in more than 150 countries, The Economy of the World series will look at how people in different countries see their local job markets, their own employment situations, and where they see their economies headed.

Now on, you can read the first article, which delves into whether people in 138 countries think it is a good time or a bad time to find a job.

Please join us for a weeklong dive into the global economy as the world sees it. The articles in this series will include:

  • Monday: Good time or bad time to find a job
  • Tuesday: Gallup’s global Payroll to Population employment rate
  • Wednesday: Gallup’s Global Economic Confidence Index
  • Thursday: Bank confidence: Failing or earning trust?   
  • Friday: The education-jobs connection in Africa
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Monday, April 28, 2014

How Mobile Technology Is Shaping Society

By Art Swift, Gallup Managing Editor

This week, will feature a special series about mobile technology and how it is shaping the world. The series, How Mobile Technology Is Shaping Society, will explore the implications of mobile technology for business, politics, and well-being. Gallup recently conducted a comprehensive poll to determine how many people in the U.S. own smartphones and tablets, whether employers expect their workers to check email remotely “after hours,” and how often employees do so. This poll was designed to illuminate the link people have with their mobile devices and the resulting effects on society.

We will explore whether the seeming omnipresence of mobile telephones and tablets in everyday life is making people more connected to their workplace, family, and friends. We will also analyze how mobile purchasing affects brick-and-mortar stores. 

Please join us for a week-long look into this rapidly changing environment. The articles in this series will include:

  • Monday: The impact of mobile technology on interpersonal communications
  • Tuesday: How companies can increase the amount of purchases on mobile devices (Gallup Business Journal), and the impact of mobile technology on the political process today
  • Wednesday: A look at the “two different worlds” of workers today -- those who use mobile technology to work outside of normal working hours and those who don’t
  • Thursday: Sub-Saharan Africans who are receiving mobile technology before ever having landline telephones, and the impact of this advanced technology
  • Friday: How the use of mobile technology affects employees’ well-being
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Monday, April 7, 2014

This Week on The “State of Education” Series

By Art Swift, Gallup Managing Editor

The way we evaluate whether a student receives “a proper education” continues to evolve. While students have more ways to receive an education, especially through online learning, education leaders everywhere are now asking different, more pointed questions about the state of education and how to make it more effective. Namely, is the student’s interest level at school -- how “engaged” he or she is -- as important, or even more important, than grades and standardized test scores? How accountable should teachers be for their own performance? Currently the U.S. is involved in a debate over “Common Core,” a set of academic standards that students will need to know by the end of a given school year. Are these standards helpful or a hindrance to a student receiving a quality education?

This week, will reveal data and insights that will help answer these questions in “The State of Education” series.

The topics we will be covering in this series include:

  • Americans' views of higher education and whether it needs to change (Monday)
  • Americans' confidence  in online institutions (Tuesday)
  • Perceptions of the quality of public education in grades K through 12, by state (Wednesday)
  • Statewide perceptions of U.S. public schools’ ability to prepare students for success in the workplace (Wednesday)
  • How the education level of a parent plays a major role in their child’s education in sub-Saharan Africa (Wednesday) 
  • Whether teachers in one's local area are respected or not, by state (Thursday)
  • Students’ opinions on how ready for workplace success they are (Friday, in Gallup Business Journal)
  • Whether the "Common Core" -- requiring U.S. schools to adopt the same curriculum --  is effective (Friday)
We look forward to you joining us for “The State of Education.” To get these stories as soon as they publish, sign up for Gallup News alerts.

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