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We've reported over the past few weeks about the "State of the States" on various political, economic, and wellbeing measures. You can find all of these stories and explore the data for yourself in our State of the States interactive.
This week, we're bringing this data even closer to home, beginning our reports by metropolitan area. In our first report, Dan Witters reveals that residents of Boulder, Colo., and Lincoln, Neb., have the highest well-being in the nation. He also finds that Washington, D.C., residents do best among those living in the largest metro area.
It's just the first of several stories we'll bring to you as we report to you about the wellbeing of U.S. cities. It's our goal at Gallup to help leaders target their efforts to improve wellbeing -- and, in turn, economic outcomes -- to the areas of the greatest need and opportunity.
In tandem with these reports, we're pleased to launch our new U.S. City Wellbeing Tracking interactive which will allow you to compare and sort metro area results for overall wellbeing, diabetes, obesity, frequent exercise, frequent produce consumption, city optimism, and the uninsured as we release them. You can even save and share a scorecard for your community.
We have so much data that we partnered The New York Times to help bring more of that data to life. The feature their interactive team created allows you to map many of our key wellbeing by congressional district. It gives every congressional representative a report card of how their constituents are faring in terms of their physical health, work environments, and community optimism.
All of these data are made possible by our Gallup Daily tracking project and the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which together provide us the opportunity to interview 1,000 U.S. adults every night. We aggregate the nightly samples to create robust representative samples by state, metropolitan area, and congressional district.
The project has been so successful that we will soon, together with Healthways, launch a similar project in the United Kingdom. We will release the inaugural findings on April 12 and you will thereafter read much more about the wellbeing of Britons on Gallup.com.
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In the meantime, we encourage you to share these findings with leaders in your community to help to improve health, happiness, and productivity where you live.
Guest post by Gallup.com Deputy Managing Editor Elizabeth Mendes
We are thrilled today to be celebrating 10,000 @gallupnews Twitter followers. Gallup.com joined Twitter 1,324 days ago, and we are grateful to the thousands of you who follow, share, and discuss our news.
We entered the Twitter world at the same time that we relaunched Gallup.com as a unique source for fast-paced, data-driven news covering political, economic, and social issues.
Twitter is a great avenue for us to quickly share our breaking news, data, and insights with our key audiences: government and business leaders, media, and influencers worldwide. The conversations our Twitter followers have about our news and findings are crucial to Gallup’s mission of helping organizations, cities, and countries solve the world's foremost problems.
Your comments and discussions about Gallup.com news move the conversations forward on the important topics we cover and also shed light on what the most pressing issues are in the world today.
Our team collected about one month’s worth of recent Twitter comments about Gallup.com data and news stories and used them to make a word cloud to find out what people are talking about the most. Gallup.com graphic designer Michelle Krogmeier pulled out the most frequently used words and incorporated them into the jazzy graphic above.
One topic stands out far above the rest -- Unemployment. That unemployment -- which Gallup tracks daily -- is currently our most talked-about news topic underscores the extent of the jobs issue in America.
Other highly discussed topics include the GOP and the candidates potentially vying for that party’s 2012 presidential nomination (Palin and Romney appear to be cited about equally), Obama, and collective bargaining rights. These are all topics about which only Gallup.com can provide the collective thoughts and opinions of the American people.
So, thank you to all of our followers! We hope you will continue to discuss our news and encourage thousands of others to follow @gallupnews on Twitter.
Graphic by Michelle Krogmeier/Research by Joseph Costa
We're well into our reporting on the "State of the States" based on Gallup Daily tracking data collected throughout 2010. In case you're just catching up, here's a quick look at the headlines and top 10 lists so far:
Number of Solidly Democratic States Cut in Half From '08 to '10: There were 14 solidly Democratic states in 2010, down from 30 in 2008. In addition to the District of Columbia, the most solidly Democratic states are Maryland, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Hawaii. The most solidly Republican states are Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho.
D.C., Hawaii Still Most Approving of Obama; All States Decline: Approval of President Barack Obama in 2010 ranged from a high of 84% in the District of Columbia to 28% in Wyoming. Approval fell in 2010 compared with 2009 in all 50 states and D.C.
Mississippi Rates as the Most Conservative U.S. State: Mississippi is not only the most conservative state in the U.S. but also the first state in three years of Gallup Daily tracking to have more than 50% of residents identify as conservative. D.C., Vermont, and Rhode Island have the most self-identified liberals.
North Dakota and Washington, D.C., Best Job Markets in 2010: Job markets improved the most in 2010 in Michigan, D.C., and North Dakota, while getting worse in New Mexico. Overall, the best job markets were in North Dakota, D.C., and South Dakota while the worst job markets were in Nevada, New Jersey and California.
There are many more top 10 lists to come. We'll report economic confidence by state on Wednesday and underemployment by state on Friday. Next week, we'll report our key wellbeing metrics by state.
You can find the complete data for all of these metrics in our updated "State of the States" interactive. The feature allows you to map, sort, and export data across measures and also to save your own map or chart.
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