Are you a stranger in your country?

A recent survey of public attitudes by Reuters/Ispos shows that more than half (58%) of Americans don’t identify with what America has become. Almost as many (53%) feel like a “stranger in their own country”.

Most in U.S. are proud to be an American

As we move into the 4th of July holiday weekend, a new Gallup survey shows a slight majority (54%) of those in the U.S. are extremely proud to be an American.  That 54% figure is lower than the high of 70% in 2003, which was likely due to the surge of patriotism post 9/11.  Gallup has […]

Americans Pessimistic About Government and Institutions

According to Gallup, “Americans’ confidence in most major U.S. institutions remains below the historical average for each one. Only the military (72%) and small business (67%) — the highest-rated institutions in this year’s poll — are currently rated higher than their historical norms, based on the percentage expressing “a great deal” or “quite a lot” […]

Poor government leadership was top problem in 2014

In 2014, four issues generated enough public concern over enough months for at least 10% of Americans, on average, to identify each of them as the nation’s most important problem, according to Gallup. Complaints about government leadership — including President Barack Obama, the Republicans in Congress and general political conflict — led the list, at […]

Internet freedom around the world is in decline reports on the US-based NGO Freedom House fifth annual Freedom of the Net study.  The report concludes that nearly half of the 65 countries assessed have experienced tightening of internet freedom. “Between May 2013 and May 2014, 41 countries passed or proposed legislation to penalize legitimate forms of speech online, increase government powers to […]

Nearly 36 million men, women and children are enslaved around the world

A new study suggests there are nearly 36 million people enslaved around the world and that poorer nations tend to have more slaves than wealthier ones. According to Gallup, which made the findings in collaboration with Walk Free, a non-profit that produces the Global Slavery Index, more than 14 million slaves can be found in India alone.  […]

Is Personal Freedom At Risk? Americans Think So.

Americans’ assessments of their personal freedom have significantly declined under President Obama, according to a new study from the Legatum Institute in London, and the United States now ranks below 20 other countries on this measure, reports the Washington Examiner. The research shows that citizens of countries including France, Uruguay, and Costa Rica now feel […]

Just 22 percent say they’re ‘better off’ under Obama

The Washington Post reports: The new Washington Post-ABC News poll asked people a pretty direct question: “Would you say you yourself are better off financially than you were when Obama first became president, not as well off, or in about the same shape as then financially?” The results: Just 22 percent of Americans say they […]

GOP and Dems rank economy high in importance but differ on other issues

Republican and Democratic voters see the economy, jobs, and fixing the federal government as important to their congressional vote this year, but prioritize other issues quite differently, according to a recent Gallup survey. Republicans and Republican leaners rate the situation with Islamic militants and the deficit in their top five issues. For Democrats and Democrat […]

Gallup Predicts Voter Turnout Will Be Lowest in Years

Turnout in the midterm elections this fall could be lower than in the past two midterm elections, based on current voter engagement, reports Gallup. On each of three indicators of voter engagement in midterm elections — how much thought Americans have given to them, their expressed motivation to vote, and their enthusiasm about voting compared […]