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Thursday, May 24, 2012

More Breakthroughs From Inside Gallup

We've recently launched two new blogs on

While they differ from our news blogs, they also follow topics of interest to our Gallup readers.

The Chairman's Blog is a way for Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton to communicate directly with our readers and leaders worldwide. All of the work we do at Gallup is a reflection of Clifton's vision, of his leadership, and of the commitments he made to the family of Gallup's founder, Dr. George Gallup. Clifton recently wrote a book on Gallup's most important findings, spanning all of the work we do studying societies and organizations around the world. In The Chairman's Blog, Clifton offers timely insights for leaders based on Gallup's knowledge and expertise.

The Gallup Blog is another way for our readers to better understand all of Gallup's work. While our regular readers are familiar with our political, economic, wellbeing, and world polling, these nationally representative studies are just a portion of Gallup's intelligence-gathering worldwide. Gallup helps societies and organizations globally to solve the problems they face with world-class research and insights. The Gallup Blog is a way to share with our readers new breakthroughs from other parts of Gallup's business.

We hope you will read and share these new Gallup blogs, while gaining a greater understand of Gallup's work and knowledge in the process. As always, your comments and questions are welcome on this blog and at

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Women, and Catholics, and Postgrads! Oh My!

The 2012 U.S. presidential election is looking to be a tight race so far. This means that certain key groups will likely decide whether President Barack Obama will win a second term or if Mitt Romney will take his place.

By surveying voters every day about their preferences for president and how likely they are to vote, Gallup is able to aggregate thousands of interviews together and look at the views of many different subgroups -- discerning which ones may matter the most and tracking their views over time. So, if you're following the blue and red road to the White House, you'll be excited to learn you can now download data on 47 specific voter subgroups on Gallup will update the presidential preferences and voting certainty of each of these groups weekly, based on three-week rolling averages. We will post new data each Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. ET here --

Specific groups include:
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Region
  • Race
  • Education
  • Income level
  • Party ID
  • Ideology
  • Religion
  • Marital status
  • Religiosity
  • And more...
And, in early summer 2012, Gallup will provide an even more robust and interactive way for you to explore subgroup data and a whole lot more, so stay tuned to The Queue for more exciting election announcements.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

More Data on Who Favors and Who Opposes Same-Sex Marriage

Guest post by Alyssa Brown

Since Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan publicly declared their support for legalizing same-sex marriage, our phones have been ringing off the hook with requests for more data on Americans' views on this topic. Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport reports that half of Americans believe same-sex marriages should be recognized by law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages. He also discusses how Americans' views on same-sex marriage have changed over time and vary by party identification, religion, and religiosity.

Here is an in-depth breakdown of how Americans feel about legalizing same-sex marriage, from Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs poll, conducted May 3-6.

Frank Newport and USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page discuss Joe Biden's comments on same-sex marriage and President Obama's views on the issue in this week's Election Matters. We will be publishing more data on same-sex relations from Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs poll in the coming weeks.

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