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Supreme Court Returns With Historically Low Approval Rating

Expect 'a lot of 6-3s,' one analyst says

(Newser) - Supreme Court justices never have to run for reelection, or even reconfirmation, which works out for them—especially these days: Public approval of the court has plunged to historic lows, a new poll shows. The share of Americans who say they have at least a "fair amount" of trust...

In Our Recreational Substances of Choice, a Big First

11% of US adults tell Gallup they smoke cigarettes; pot smokers surpass that for first time, with 16%

(Newser) - In the mid-1950s, nearly half of US adults copped to smoking cigarettes. After decades of PSAs and warnings from the medical community on the dangers of smoking, it's probably not surprising that that figure has plummeted to just 11%—and it's now been surpassed by Americans who say...

Gallup Finally Has Some Good News for Biden

His approval rating hits the lofty heights of 44%

(Newser) - While President Biden remains an unpopular president—his approval rating in recent months has been even lower than that of his historically unpopular predecessor, according to FiveThirtyEight —polls show that he's received a boost from recent successes. According to the latest Gallup poll, Biden's approval rating is...

Gallup: US Belief in God Hits a New Low

It's dropped by 6% over the last 5 years

(Newser) - The last five years has apparently taken a big toll on Americans' belief in God—especially among the young, the liberal, and Democrats. Gallup says that in its latest poll , a new low of 81% of Americans said they believed in God, down from 87% in 2017 and from a...

One-Fifth of Gen Z Adults in America Say They're LGBTQ

A record 7.1% of US adults overall identify as such, per latest Gallup poll

(Newser) - When Gallup took its first survey to gauge how many Americans identified as LGBTQ back in 2012, just 3.5% of US adults put themselves in the category of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, the options offered then in the poll. In just a decade, that percentage has doubled—...

Independents Send Biden's Approval Rating Way Down
Biden's Approval Ratings
Keep Getting Lower
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Biden's Approval Ratings Keep Getting Lower

Quinnipiac's latest numbers give him 38% overall

(Newser) - Update: President Biden's approval rating as released by Gallup in September wasn't so hot, and now Quinnipiac University is out with even worse numbers. It puts Biden's approval rating at 38%, down 4 points from mid-September. As with Gallup, USA Today reports independents are among the drivers...

Poll: Americans' Optimism Fades as Delta Spreads

Even a month ago, the public felt better about the pandemic

(Newser) - In June, 89% of Americans polled saw the COVID-19 outbreak as improving, with just 3% saying it was worsening. That was before the delta variant of the coronavirus made itself felt. In July, the Gallup Poll reports, more adults expressed pessimism than optimism about the pandemic—45% to 40%. It'...

Republicans and Democrats Agree on This

They view the Supreme Court evenly, and not especially well

(Newser) - Just 49% of Americans approve of the performance of the Supreme Court, down from 58%—a 10-year high— a year ago . That's according to a Gallup poll conducted from July 6 to 21 and released Wednesday. It brings the court's first approval rating below 50% since 2017, per...

Gallup: Church Membership Is Below 50% for the First Time
US Church Membership
Hits Record Low

US Church Membership Hits Record Low

Gallup says rate has fallen below 50% for the first time

(Newser) - If you're an American who belongs to a church, synagogue, or mosque, you're now in a minority, according to a new Gallup poll . Gallup says church membership has fallen below 50% to a record low of 47%, largely due to a corresponding increase in the proportion of people...

New LGBTQ Survey Shows a Slow but Steady Uptick

Gallup poll finds 5.6% of American adults identify as LGBTQ, a 1 percentage point rise from 2017

(Newser) - About 5.6% of American adults place themselves under the LGBTQ umbrella—a record number, per the latest Gallup poll . That's up one full percentage point from the last Gallup survey on the topic using 2017 data, which saw 4.5% of adult Americans identifying as LGBTQ. The poll,...

Trump's Final Approval Rating: A 'Personal Low Note'

President is leaving with a 34% approval rating

(Newser) - As he gets ready to head out of the Oval Office and back to life as a private citizen, President Trump just received his final report card—and Gallup notes he's leaving "on a personal low note." In a survey of 1,023 random American adults taken...

One Trump, One Obama Take Home 'Most Admired' Crowns

Donald Trump ends Barack Obama's 12-year winning streak, while Michelle Obama wins top spot for women

(Newser) - Donald Trump didn't beat Joe Biden in the election, but he can notch a win against Barack Obama. In its annual survey on the matter, Gallup pollsters asked 1,000 or so American adults to name, without being given choices, a man and a woman they most admire anywhere...

Social Distancing Is in Decline: Poll

Percentage of Americans mostly isolating themselves falls 17 points

(Newser) - Most Americans practice social distancing when they leave the house—and they're heading out more often now—but far fewer say they follow the guidelines than did a couple of weeks ago. A Gallup Poll released Friday showed a drop of 17 percentage points since late March, USA Today...

A Huge Number of Americans Are Satisfied With Their Personal Lives

90%, a record high

(Newser) - It's a record: 90% of Americans are satisfied with how their personal lives are going, the highest number in the four decades Gallup has been asking the question. The previous high was 88% in 2003; the record low is 73% in 1979, amid the oil crisis. In another record...

On Trump's Approval Rating, a Historic Gap

He's at an all-time Gallup high of 49%, but an 87-point gap exists between Dems, Republicans

(Newser) - President Trump just got something to crow about from Gallup : The polling agency puts his approval rating at 49%, the highest since he took office. The key seems to be rising support among Republicans and independents. Trump has a 94% approval rating among Republicans, up 6 points from last month,...

One Part of the World Is Pretty Positive

Gallup poll: Latin American nations tend to have less negativity

(Newser) - Feeling angry, worried, and stressed? So is the rest of the world, though some areas are more prone to those feelings than others. That's per Gallup's "Global Emotions" report , cited by the BBC , which surveyed 151,000 people in more than 140 countries to gauge their negative...

Church Membership Plummets
Church Membership Plummets

Church Membership Plummets

(Newser) - Fewer Americans than ever—an average of 50% last year—belong to a church, synagogue, or mosque, a Gallup Poll has found. Membership had been at least 70% from 1937 through 1976. The drop has accelerated in the past 20 years. The main reason is that fewer people have a...

Health Care Costs Sent Americans Into $88B Debt in Last Year

Survey also finds one-quarter of Americans have held off on treatments due to cost

(Newser) - As the Trump administration continues to try to dismantle ObamaCare , with a GOP plan now not expected until after the 2020 election, some sobering statistics have emerged underscoring the necessity for affordable health care. Per the New York Times , a survey released Tuesday by Gallup and the West Health nonprofit...

Is This the Safest Place in the World? Residents Think So

The 2018 Global Law and Order Report asked people in 142 countries about local crime

(Newser) - Listen up, safety-conscious globetrotters. A new Gallup survey has ranked world-wide destinations based solely on what locals have to say about their own sense of safety, reports CNN . Researchers asked 148,000 residents aged 15 or older in 142 countries the following safety-related questions: Do you have confidence in the...

Poll: Trump Is America's 2nd Most-Admired Man

Of 71 times Gallup has asked the question, incumbent has won 58

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton may have failed to win the 2016 election, but she's won the title of woman Americans most admire—for the 22nd time, per a Gallup poll released Wednesday. It was her 16th consecutive year, and Gallup sounds skeptical that the streak will continue, as "her popularity...

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