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Surveys Show Where LGBT Americans Live

Western cities top the list, and here's why

(Newser) - Want to meet Americans who tell pollsters they're gay? Then try metropolitan areas out West—including, oddly enough, Salt Lake City—even over East Coast or Midwestern cities, Vox reports. Drawing on surveys of more than 374,000 adults in 50 US cities, Gallup says the top five for... More »

We Feel Best About Our Looks at Age 65—or Older

At almost every age, more men report being satisfied with their looks than women

(Newser) - America's youth are less satisfied with their physical appearance than their grandparents are, according to a new Gallup poll of more than 80,000 Americans ages 18 and up. And though men report higher satisfaction than women at almost every age, both men and women experience a low point... More »

10 Cities With Best, Worst Well-Being

Provo is tops, while Huntington, West Virginia, is last

(Newser) - Gallup is out with its annual rankings of "well-being" in various communities, based on surveys of residents that encompass everything from jobs to physical and emotional health to community safety. The results: Provo, Utah, comes in at No. 1, while Huntington, W. Va., finishes last among 189 cities, reports... More »

Smokers More Likely to Be Stressed, Depressed

Poll finds 26% of smokers have battled depression

(Newser) - You already know smoking is bad for your body, but a new survey finds it may be tough on your mental health, too. According to the Gallup poll , 26% of smokers suffer from clinical depression compared with just 15% of nonsmokers. Researchers interviewed more than 83,000 Americans to determine... More »

Confidence in Congress Can't Get Much Lower

Only 10% of us have a 'great deal' or 'quite a lot'

(Newser) - Things Americans have more confidence in than Congress, according to the latest Gallup poll: the police, organized religion, banks, big business, HMOs ... and literally everything else pollsters asked them about. Congress came in last on the list of 16 institutions for the fourth consecutive year, and this year found the... More »

The 12 Things Nearly All Americans Agree On

Surveys show most of us believe in God, are OK with birth control

(Newser) - What can nine out of 10 Americans agree on? Survey says: not much. That's partly because the big polls such as Pew, Gallup, and the General Social Survey are designed to explore differences, not to document what unites the United States. Still, a few questions discover 90% agreement, or... More »

Gallup Thinks Unemployment Is Falling, Too

Its numbers are even better than the government's

(Newser) - Nobody tell Jack Welch . Gallup is out with unemployment numbers lending credence to the official government figures. In fact, Gallup's numbers are even stronger: It puts unemployment at 7.3% in mid-October, down from 7.9% in September and the lowest since Gallup began daily tracking in January 2010.... More »

Romney Pulls Even With Debate Bounce

Post-Wednesday tracking shows Romney narrows the gap

(Newser) - President Obama had the edge in Gallup polling immediately prior to last week's debate—but that changed after Mitt Romney walked away with Wednesday's debate. Registered voters are now evenly split, 47% for Romney and 47% for Obama, Gallup's daily tracking shows. Gallup's most recent poll,... More »

Pollster George Gallup Dead at 81

Gallup founder's son specialized in tracking religious beliefs

(Newser) - George Gallup Jr. has conducted his last poll. The renowned pollster, who helped run the polling organization his father founded for more than 50 years, has died of liver cancer at the age of 81, the New York Times reports. Gallup, who once considered becoming an Episcopalian priest and worked... More »

The Exact Income You Need To Be Happy Is...

$75K, assuming you've also got friends

(Newser) - How much money is enough money? Exactly $75,000, according to a new study. Economist Angus Deaton and Nobel prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman looked at data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, and found that people reported becoming happier as their household income increased—until it hit $75,000. After that,... More »

Perry Jumps to First in Two New Polls

Gallup has him leading with 29%, Public Policy Polling with 33%

(Newser) - It’s a good day for Rick Perry: Two national polls place him firmly at the front of the pack of 2012 GOP presidential contenders. Gallup has him leading with 29%, followed by Mitt Romney with 17%. Poor Michele Bachmann is all the way down in fourth, with 10%, behind... More »

Obama's Economic Approval Sinks to New Low of 26%

Numbers are lower in nearly every area since 2010

(Newser) - More data from the latest Gallup poll is trickling out, and—surprise, surprise!—it's not good news for President Obama. When it comes to handling the economy, his approval rating has sunk to a new low of 26%. That's down 11 percentage points since mid-May; his previous... More »

Majority of US Jews Still Back Obama

Israel speech shows little effect on support: Gallup poll

(Newser) - A clear majority of Jewish Americans—some 60%—still support President Obama, Gallup finds. That figure is 14 points higher than his overall 46% approval rating, a gap that matches the average since the president entered office. US Jews’ approval of Obama’s performance is statistically unchanged from April’s... More »

Meet the Least Happy Person in America

And she probably doesn't exist

(Newser) - Hawaiian Alvin Wong is the happiest person in America , based on Gallup data, but what about the unhappiest? The New York Times , using the same statistics relating to well-being, has found her, or at least described her. The least happy person in the US is a short, middle-aged, childless Muslim... More »

World Likes Obama Much More Than Bush

Approval rating globally at 51%

(Newser) - The world likes President Obama a lot more than it likes President Bush. The world’s opinion of US leadership is at a median 51%, according to Gallup. That may not sound stratospheric, but it’s the highest it’s been since Gallup began asking the question in 2005, the... More »

Limbaugh's Wrong: Gallup's Obama Approval Below 50%

New survey is latest disappointment for President

(Newser) - A new Gallup poll is the latest this week to show President Obama's approval ratings falling below 50%. Today's results, which appear to refute Rush Limbaugh's contention that Gallup's results are tilted to favor Obama, show 49% of voters approve of his handling of the presidency and 44% do not.... More »

Rush: Gallup Counting Too Many Blacks for Obama

That's why the president's approval ratings are above 50%, he says

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh has a novel explanation for why President Obama's approval ratings remain above 50% in Gallup polls: The agency is purposely boosting the number of black respondents. "Gallup has him just teetering on the little teeter-totter at 50% and they're doing everything they can—they're upping the... More »

Obama's Approval Rating Sinks to 50%

(Newser) - President Obama's job-approval rating slipped to 50% in Gallup poll results out today, a new low for the 10-month-old administration, the Los Angeles Times reports. The drawn-out health care reform debate apparently is dragging down the number, which hit 69% after the inauguration. The disapproval number is 43%. "It's... More »

70% of US Doesn't Like the Fed

(Newser) - The Federal Reserve is the least trusted of all federal agencies, a new Gallup poll finds. Just 30% of respondents said the Fed was doing a “good” or “excellent” job, giving it the lowest score out of nine agencies included in the poll. That’s a steep decline... More »

Obama's Approval Rating Softens

Economy pulls down numbers

(Newser) - Concerns over the economy are weighing down President Obama’s poll numbers, which have fallen to their lowest point since his inauguration, Politico reports. Obama’s 57% approval rating in a Gallup tracking poll this weekend remains high, but a series of recent polls find his support falling among Republicans... More »

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