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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tracking Egypt's Transition

When Egyptians one year ago today set their nation on a new political course, neither Egyptians nor observers knew for sure what would happen next. Understanding that, Gallup stepped up its surveying in Egypt to begin surveying at least 1,000 Egyptians about once every other month.

Gallup conducted surveys in Egypt in April, June, August, September, and December, amassing a huge amount of data on Egyptians' views of their country's transition, their personal economic situations, and their lives as a whole during this period of historic change.

Dalia Mogahed, director and senior analyst of the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center, provides a comprehensive review of what Gallup has learned in the past year in this piece in Foreign Policy magazine, reporting that, "Egyptians are more optimistic than they have been in years, far less divided along secular-religious lines than the pundits would have us think, and poised for the demands of democracy."

Gallup has reported extensively on Egyptians' views over the past year and all of the findings are available here. Among the things we learned:

We also have several more stories planned based on our just-in December data. And Gallup is planning a briefing on its Egypt data on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at its Washington, D.C., headquarters. (Contact us for information.) 

Gallup plans to survey in Egypt eight times in 2012 and to report the findings back to you as often as possible. To get every new story as soon as it is published, sign up for our email alerts and choose "All Gallup Headlines" or "World" or "Egypt." You can also visit the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center for longer reports and briefs from across the Arab League, and to join its mailing list.

For complete data sets or custom research from the more than 150 countries Gallup continually surveys, please contact or call 202.715.3030.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The New More Data, More Global, More Mobile

Dear readers,

Our goal at to is to tell you everything we know about the world based on what the world’s 7 billion citizens are telling us. We do this through articles, reports, videos, and data interactives.

The new is going to continue providing you with the same trusted data-driven news you are used to, but it now has even more data from even more countries and is easily accessible on any device. Oh, and it got a phenomenal face lift. We revamped the design of the site to make it easier for you to read, scan, and navigate.

Data is at the heart of what we do. Gallup surveys 1,000 Americans every day and 1,000 citizens in more than 150 countries around the world every year. And, starting in 2012, Gallup will survey 1,000 people every quarter in the 26 nations that comprise nearly 75% of the world’s population.

Gallup Daily tracking data from the United States is still available right on the homepage. Additionally, weekly, monthly, and quarterly averages for our key political, economic, and wellbeing measures are easily accessible on the Politics, Economy, and Wellbeing news pages.

We are also providing more data to our growing global audience on the World news page. There you can now find annual data from more than 150 countries and compare countries on key metrics, like unemployment, suffering, food insecurity, and confidence in the national government.

Looking ahead, when our first quarterly tracking results come in this year, we will be making them available on the homepage. So keep your eyes out for that in the future.

We also wanted to make our site and our data easily accessible on any device. The homepage and all the key pages of the site were rebuilt using responsive design. This means that whether you are on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone you can easily browse all of the articles and data we have available.

All of the changes we made are to help our audience -- world leaders, journalists, researchers, and business executives, among others -- more easily consume data and analyses about what global citizens want and need.

At we seek to help leaders govern, journalists cover news, and researchers make life-altering breakthroughs. We are aiming for nothing short of changing the world. Our new site takes us even closer to that goal, and we hope it will help you to do the same.

Thank you for your readership,
Lymari Morales, Managing Editor
Elizabeth Mendes, Deputy Managing Editor

Take a tour of the new site now.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 Gets a New Look Soon!

We are very excited at to announce that we will be debuting a new look late this Friday.

Since launching our current site in October 2007,'s reach has grown, as has Gallup's global data collection. We are reaching more users than ever, on more devices, and with more content.

As such, we've been working for months on a redesign that will allow us to give you  more stories and more data in a way that is easy to read and navigate on all types of devices.  The changes you will soon see are just the beginning of many upgrades we have planned for 2012.

We don't want to give away too much, but we're very excited about the changes that are coming your way.  Please visit this weekend or next week to be among the first to enjoy our new look. Check this blog in the days ahead for much more details about the changes to come.

Monday, January 9, 2012

A Record-Breaking Year

2011 was the biggest year in history. More visitors came to our site each month on average than in any year in Gallup history, including during the last presidential election year of 2008.

That's really exciting for us, because it means you came to us for things beyond our election coverage, which, for a long time, brought many people to our site in only one out of every four years. We now see many more of you watching our U.S. economic tracking, wellbeing discoveries, global measures, and more.

And you're finding us in a lot of new places too.  In addition to those of you who visited our site directly or via email alerts, our iPhone and Android apps registered more than 1 million starts in 2011 and our You Tube channel eclipsed more than 1 million video views. Additionally, 20,000 people follow us on Twitter and more than 6,000 are fans on Facebook.   

This year, we'll have daily election tracking, weekly economic confidence reports, and new quarterly tracking of 26 key countries worldwide to add to our data-driven reporting on the most important issues in the world.

We'll also launch new upgrades to the site through the year, including a redesigned look later this month. (Stay tuned for more on that very soon!)

Our teams worldwide -- ranging from our global regional directors and tireless interviewers to our brilliant analysts and amazing copy editors -- work incredibly hard to bring you quality data from around the world on the issues that matters most. Our increased traffic means that those little pearls of wisdom are reaching more people every single day. That's our goal -- and we look forward to reaching even more of you in 2012.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Track Economic Confidence Weekly -- And More -- in 2012

We're excited to debut a new economic release schedule for 2012, with the goal of providing even more timely updates on the state of U.S. economic confidence, underemployment and unemployment, job creation, and consumer spending.

One exciting change is that we will now report on our Economic Confidence Index weekly, every Tuesday, to provide the most up-to-date reporting anywhere on Americans' attitudes about their economy.   

We've shuffled the dates of our monthly releases on job creation and consumer spending in order to release all of our monthly updates during the first week of the month.

Additionally, our monthly underemployment update will now report a full, monthly average, rather than a 30-month rolling average as we have in the past.

Our daily tracking of these measures provides real-time, unadjusted reporting on key economic indicators based on the attitudes and perceptions of the everyday Americans who make the economy hum or stall.

You can read the details about each metric here, and also learn about they relate to comparable metrics. You can also check our our economy page for our most recent findings and sign up for news alerts to make sure you get each new release as soon as it is published.

We look forward to tracking the economy with you every day of 2012.

Gallup Economic Release Schedule, 2012 

All stories release at 8:30 a.m. ET, except those scheduled for the 1st of the month, which release at 1 p.m. ET.

Economic Confidence Index: Every Tuesday

    * January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    * February 7, 14, 21, 28
    * March 6, 13, 20, 27

Job Creation Index: First Wednesday of each month

    * January 4
    * February 1
    * March 7

Underemployment: Each Thursday before the Bureau of Labor Statistics report

    * January 5
    * February 2
    * March 8

Consumer Spending: First Friday of each month

    * January 6
    * February 3
    * March 2

Mid-Month Underemployment Update: 17th or subsequent business day of each month

    * Tuesday, January 17
    * Friday, February 17
    * Monday, March 19

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