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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Midyear State of the States Begins Wednesday

Gallup's popular "State of the States" returns this week, with our midyear reports on President Obama's job approval rating by state and political party affiliation by state. These reports will give the lay of the land on two key metrics critical to the presidential election, including how things may or may not have shifted compared to previous years.

Over the next few weeks, our readers will get additional midyear updates on key Gallup Daily tracking measures based on surveys conducted January through June of this year.

Here's what to expect:

  • This week: Obama job approval by state and political party affiliation by state;
  • Next week: Economic confidence by state and job creation by state; and
  • Later in August: Wellbeing measures by state, including life evaluation and health insurance coverage rates.
These updates provide a half-time report on the State of the States leading up the full-year reports we release each February and March based on data collected from January through December.

To get each new story as soon as it is published, sign up for news alerts and select "All Gallup Headlines."

Friday, July 20, 2012

Thanks to Those Who Joined Us Live on Thursday

We were pleased to be able to host a live stream of Gallup's event with the Department of State on Thursday, featuring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.

Thanks to the more than 2,000 people who accessed the live stream. This is a feature we plan to provide much more frequently on our website. If you have comments or questions about the live stream, feel free to email us at

Watch the event video now or read my recap at The Gallup Blog.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Watch Hillary Clinton Speak About "Closing the Gender Data Gap"

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim will speak at an event co-hosted by the Department of State and Gallup next Thursday, July 19.

The event will explore how additional data might help to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide. will stream this invitation-only event live from approximately 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. ET.

Gallup recently published a series of articles revealing the significant gender gaps women face in employment,perceived safety, and physical wellbeing worldwide. We also revealed the remarkable similarity with which women and men worldwide tend to rate their lives, as well as the many nations where very few women are "thriving."

Presenters and panelists at “Evidence and Impact: Closing the Gender Data Gap” will discuss existing and emerging data sources and remaining gaps, and identify concrete steps that can be taken to ensure that more and better gender-sensitive data are collected and used.

Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton and U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer will also deliver opening remarks.

David Brooks of The New York Times and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon of the Council on Foreign Relations will moderate panel discussions following the opening remarks.

Follow this event live on Twitter using the hashtag #GenderGap at @StateDept, @WorldBank, @Gallup, and @S_GWI.

For more information, please contact Faith Nsubuga at

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Twenty Races, 47 Candidates, 76 Years of Presidential Election History

Guest post by Deputy Managing Editor Elizabeth Mendes today launched a new interactive tool for tracking the 2012 U.S. presidential election and comparing it to elections dating back to the 1936 race between Franklin Roosevelt and Alf Landon. The U.S. Presidential Election Center includes data from the 19 historical elections Gallup has monitored over the past 76 years and features daily updates of the 2012 race, as well as weekly updates of the preferences and voting certainty of numerous demographic groups.

Here is a brief overview of some key features.

RACES: See how the 2012 race is unfolding and pick a past election to compare it.

CANDIDATES: Explore each candidate’s performance individually or compare up to five.

2012 DEMOGRAPHICS: Track the preferences and vote certainty of subgroups week by week.

You can also download the full weekly trends for all groups.

To see all these features plus others and gain in-depth insights go to the new U.S. Presidential Election Center now, bookmark it, and come back every day for more.

We will be adding some additional features in the weeks and months ahead and, as always, welcome your feedback. Please email us your feedback and suggestions at  

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

How Women Are Doing Worldwide

The challenges and successes of women today are a near-constant topic of discussion. Whether it is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's commitment to the advancement of rights and opportunities for women worldwide, views on women's rights in the Arab worldPrinceton Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter's pronouncement that "women can't have it all," or the progress women have made in the 40 years since the passage of Title IX, the realities facing the world's women are both clear and murky.

To help shed light on the challenges women truly face today, Gallup embarked on a special analysis to reveal the biggest areas of gender inequality worldwide. We examined all of the core indexes in our Gallup World Poll, based on data collected in 147 countries in 2011. We looked at each index by gender, revealing where there are large gaps between what women and men report. We also found some interesting areas of similarity.

Gallup will begin to report on what it found in a four-part series beginning this Thursday, July 5. We will publish stories on four consecutive business days -- three of them focused on areas where women and men worldwide to tend to differ, and the fourth revealing remarkable parity between women and men on one of Gallup's most powerful metrics. We also plan to release more stories related to this series in the future, reporting on even more Gallup questions by gender.  

For those who follow our work, you know that Gallup metrics often provide a different way of looking at things, based on what real people actually tell us. Our goal is to report on the attitudes and behaviors shaping our world today -- attitudes and behaviors that precede more traditional measures, such as health statistics, crime rates, political participation rates, instability, and GDP.  

We hope you will read our gender inequality series with interest. To be alerted when each new story is published, please sign up here and select "All Gallup Headlines" or "World."

We are also interested in what else you would like to know about women worldwide. Your suggestions are always welcome on this blog and via email at

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