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Friday, May 28, 2010

Weekly Hot List

Fast facts from Gallup related to top stories in the news:

Oil spill response: 73% call BP's efforts poor; 53% say the same about Obama's

Drill, baby, drill?: 50% favor increased offshore drilling; 46% oppose

"Don't Ask; Don't Tell": 70% of Americans favor allowing gays to serve openly

Consumer Confidence: 5-point slide in Gallup Daily metric reflects shift not evident in other reports

Summer Travel: 27% say they will travel less this summer than last

Colombia's Election: 37.5% of potential voters favor Santos; 35.4% favor Mockus

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Oil Spill's Impact on Public Opinion

For an instant snapshot on the Gulf Coast oil spill's impact on the big picture, look no further than here:

Two months ago, Americans prioritized energy production over environmental protection. Now, it's the other way around -- and by a larger margin. This is a case where our long-term Gallup trends really paint a remarkable picture of how Americans' attitudes change.

Gallup in March also reported that Americans were feeling more positive about the environment in general and less worried about many environmental issues.

So, do the shifts we've documented since the oil spill represent a temporary reaction or more permanent shift? Our Gallup polls will tell in due time.

In the meantime, view our most recent results in detail and our complete historical trends. In a story for Friday morning, we'll update you on Americans' current views on offshore drilling.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Introducing Gallup Global Reports

Gallup's continuous worldwide research provides us with both opportunities and challenges for getting the findings to our readers. Because we're in the field in different countries and regions at different times, the data comes back in house at different times. That means it's most efficient to report to you about certain countries and regions as they come in.

In order to report something globally, we have to wait to get all of the data from the more than 100 countries we survey in the course of a year. And, because we apply the highest quality control and validation standards before going public with results, there's some lag time even after the data are back from the field.

This background helps explain why we are so thrilled to begin our Gallup Global Reports based on our complete 2009 dataset.

Over the next few months, we'll release a series of stories focusing on some of our favorite global findings of 2009, spanning a variety of political, economic, and social topics. What's more, we've teamed up with Real Clear World to provide you with additional reporting and insights on what makes certain countries rise to the top of any given list. For each of our global reports, Real Clear World will examine in-depth "The Top Five" on each measure.

In the first of this series, we're releasing 2009 results from 110 countries on approval of U.S. leadership, revealing which countries were most and least approving of U.S. leadership during the first year of Barack Obama's presidency. Overall, we find median approval at 51%, up from 34% in 2008. But the country-by-country findings and changes are anything but uniform, which is why we provide you the entire list, including the difference from 2008. Over at Real Clear World, our partners look more closely at the top five countries with the highest approval ratings of U.S. leadership.

On both sites, we look forward to providing readers with this power-packed combination of empirical research and reporting. Stay tuned for the next story in the series, coming in about a month.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Weekly Hot List

Fast facts from Gallup related to top stories in the news:

Financial Reform: 46% in April favored a law to regulate large banks and financial institutions

Bailouts in Europe: 78% across 10 countries last year favored government intervention to address problems in the financial sector

Jobs Watch: 19.1% U.S. underemployment in mid-May as more seek full-time work

Americans' Views of Mexico:
49% of Americans in February held a favorable view of Mexico

Mexicans' Views of U.S.: 62% last year approved of Obama's leadership

On to November: 46%-45% split among registered voters in 2010 vote

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Monday, May 17, 2010

2010 Election Tracking in High Gear

With less than six months until Election Day, Gallup is turning up the volume on its election tracking and reporting.

We're already tracking generic ballot preferences daily and reporting results weekly. Our data for the week ending May 16 finds another near tie with 46% of registered voters saying they favor the Republican candidate in their district compared with 45% who say they favor the Democrat.

As Lydia Saad reports in our story for Tuesday morning: "This is the eighth straight week that support for Republican candidates matches or exceeds support for Democratic candidates and is line with the rough parity between the two parties seen since January."

For those who think one question can't tell us much about 435 individual House races, our political polling experts Frank Newport, Lydia Saad, and Jeff Jones will explain the predictive power of this metric for a power audience at our Washington, D.C., headquarters on Tuesday, so listen for blogs and tweets on the insights they share.

Additionally, Tuesday on, we'll launch a new interactive feature where you can explore more Gallup data relating to the upcoming congressional midterm elections. This includes daily tracking of our enthusiasm for voting metric, which relates to turnout, as well as our latest on Obama job approval, congressional job approval, and satisfaction with the way things are going in the country. Our team explains how each of these factor into election outcomes in our backgrounder piece for the interactive. And we make all of the data available for download. The feature also includes Gallup’s complete generic ballot trend from 1950-2006, which provides a compelling look at how Gallup's measure moved in critical realignment years.

Our experts are also churning out the election 2010 insights in their new blog "2010 Central" and will continue to do so through November.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Weekly Hot List

Fast facts from Gallup relating to top stories in the news:

Economic Recovery: 41% say the economy is getting better; the most since '08

Kagan Pick: 40%, on first-reaction, called Obama's choice excellent or good

Immigration Buzz: 10% now call it the top problem, up from 2% a month ago

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell": 70% favor allowing openly gay service members in U.S. military

Atlantis Liftoff: 58% last year said space program's benefits justify its costs

Grading Obama: Approval gaps persist by party, age, and race

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

U.S. Metro Areas A Mix in Meeting Basic Needs

Guest blog from Associate Editor Elizabeth Mendes.

Michigan may be suffering from the declining U.S. auto industry, but residents of the state’s Holland-Grand Haven metro area are managing to navigate the car crisis and currently top the nation in access to basic necessities. California, on the other hand, is seeing its budget woes trickle down throughout the state. Five of the 20 metro areas in California where Gallup polls fall within the bottom 10 of all metro areas in the country for meeting residents’ basic needs.

These findings are the latest from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index and were released Monday in conjunction with an event on city wellbeing held at Gallup’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The key to meeting community needs lies in a robust effort on the part of individuals and businesses, according to Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra, who attended Monday’s event. “Our government is reasonable, efficient, and focused only on the common good. But good government, while vital, is not sufficient. Rather, the true secret to our success is found in our individual and corporate commitment to community,” Dykstra said.

Gallup and Healthways measure Americans' access to basic necessities in the cities or areas where they live with a 13-item metric called the Basic Access Index. My colleague Dan Witters and I published a full analysis and list of Basic Access scores for all 187 metro areas on The charts below highlight the top and bottom scoring places in America.

Over at The Numbers blog, Gary Langer reviews what he sees as the most interesting “factlets” from our article, pointing out that “The metro area with the nation’s worst access to basic necessities also has the highest optimism about becoming a better place to live. Welcome to McAllen, Edinburg and Mission, Texas.” This finding is even more striking considering that of the 13 items measured with the Basic Access Index, this tri-city metro area performs the worst in the country on six -- having enough money for food, for shelter, and for healthcare; having health insurance; having a personal doctor; and having visited a dentist in the past year.

You can read the full article to see which metro area is doing the best and worst on each of the 13 items. The article also shows that the metro areas with high basic access scores have lower violent and property crime rates.

Witters will be out with a new article next Monday revealing differences in wellbeing between urban and rural areas. Sneak peak: wellbeing is higher in big cities than in rural areas.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Weekly Hot List

Fast facts from Gallup news relating to top stories in the news:

Pick Pending: 42% would like to see Obama nominate a new justice who would make the Supreme Court more conservative (full story to come Friday on

Jobs Added: Gallup's Job Creation Index reveals the best job market conditions since November 2008

No-Fly Focus: 71% in January said they supported the use of profiling when screening passengers for U.S. flights

Market Plunge: 22% earlier this month called stocks the best long-term investment, up from 15% a year ago

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Immigration From All Angles

With immigration and the prospect of immigration reform now a hot topic in the news, we're thrilled to be able to cover views on this issue with the same breadth and depth with which we reported on the healthcare reform debate.

Already, we're out with the following findings:

  • Republicans want immigration to be Congress' highest priority at the current time, while Democrats favor a focus on financial reform. Americans overall are more divided: 36% say immigration reform should be the highest priority versus 39% for financial reform.
  • Asked about two potential goals of national immigration reform, 42% say it's extremely important that the government take steps to halt the flow of incoming illegal immigrants and 36% said it was very important that the government take steps to deal with the large number of illegal immigrants who are already in the country.
  • Finally, Gallup's global surveys provide a unique look at adults around the world who say they would move to the U.S. if given the chance, finding them to be generally younger and less educated than those who express an interest in moving to Canada.
Gallup will continue to track U.S. and global views on immigration and migration. To make sure to get our new findings as soon as they are published, sign up for our immigration e-mail alerts and RSS feeds.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Focus on Federal Workers

New from today is our first of several articles on how the federal workforce differs from other segments of the workforce and the U.S. workforce overall.

Our Editor in Chief Frank Newport reveals that 40% of federal workers in April reported that their "company" was hiring or expanding the size of its workforce. That's compared to 27% of all U.S. workers and 28% in the private sector.

This level of analysis is made possible through our Gallup Daily tracking and the large sample sizes therein.

A story for Tuesday will look at several aspects of health and wellbeing where federal workers differ significantly from non-government workers. (Update: this article is now on hold until a later date to be determined.)

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