Entries in Gallup (8)


‘Obamacare’: Americans Split on Supreme Court Ruling, Gallup Poll Finds

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- On the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, including the law’s most controversial item -- the individual mandate requiring everyone to have health insurance -- a newly released poll finds that Americans are evenly split on the decision.

According to a Gallup poll released on Friday, 46 percent of adults agree with the court’s decision, while another 46 percent disagree. Unsurprisingly, the breakdown follows party lines, with 79 percent of Democrats agreeing and only 13 percent of Republicans disagreeing.

Despite the partisan divide, however, a majority of adults, 59 percent, said that they would consider the issue as “one of many important factors while voting” -- suggesting that while the issue is indeed important, it won’t be make-or-break for either candidate with the bulk of voters.

Roughly the same number of Democrats, Republicans and Independents felt this way; 60 percent of Democrats said a candidate’s position on healthcare was one of many important factors, 60 percent of Independents responded this way and 59 percent of Republicans agreed.

Gallup also polled people on what ought to happen next -- now that the court has found it constitutional, where should the law go from here? The responses were somewhat polarized, with the majority of respondents split between upholding the law, expanding it, and getting rid of it all together. Twenty-five percent of adults said that they would like Congress to “keep the law in place and pass further legislation to expand the government’s role in healthcare beyond what the law currently does,” while 31 percent responded that they would like Congress to “repeal the law entirely.”

Twenty-one percent said that they would like to repeal some parts of the law, though the poll did not specify which parts.

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Gingrich, Bachmann Make Gallup’s Most-Admired List

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Newt Gingrich might be lacking in recent presidential nomination poll numbers, but when it comes to admiration by his fellow Americans, he was the only male Republican candidate to make Gallup’s list of most-admired men this year.

Gingrich came in sixth place, tying with the likes of Bill Gates and Pope Benedict XVI. The top male spot went to President Obama for the fourth year in a row, while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the top spot for the most-admired women for a record 16 times in a row.

Republican candidate Michele Bachmann rounded out the 10th spot, while Sarah Palin, not even a candidate for president, came in fourth place this year, but dropped from second place. The poll was conducted by USA Today and Gallup, with respondents asked by phone interview to name the living person they most admired in any part of the world.

The poll has been conducted since 1946.

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Americans' Approval Rating of Congress Is Lowest in Gallup History

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PRINCETON, N.J.) -- New Gallup poll results say Americans' approval of Congress has "hit a new low."

Thirteen percent of Americans polled say they approve of Congress' progress.  On the other hand, 83 percent disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job.  The polling organization says this rating is the "worst Gallup has measured in more than 30 years of tracking congressional job performance."

The current poll results are based on an assessment taken just as Congress is nearing the end of an important lame-duck session in which the time-sensitive bipartisan tax agreement has been up for debate.

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Obama Gets Low Marks on Deficit as Americans Seek Action to Improve Economy

Photo Courtesy -- ABC News(PRINCETON, NJ) – President Obama continues to get low marks from Americans when it comes to handling the federal deficit as citizens see it as a key issue to strengthen the economy, according to two separate USA Today/Gallup polls.
Sixty-four percent of Americans say they disapprove of how the president has handled the budget deficit. Obama’s work on the economy and taxes also got low ratings, with 63 percent and 57 percent disapproval, respectively.

Meanwhile, another poll showed that 30 percent of Americans see deficit and debt reduction, rather than taxes or stimulus spending, as the best way to deal with the economic situation.

Americans also weighed in on presidential action in other areas. Obama received high scores on foreign affairs and the war in Afghanistan.

Forty-four percent of Americans say they approve of the president’s work in Afghanistan, while 45 percent approve of his foreign affairs policies.

The poll, however, was taken prior to the latest WikiLeaks release of classified government documents that contained what may be considered embarrassing information regarding U.S. foreign affairs.

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Report: Americans More Positive Regarding U.S. Progress in Afghanistan

U.S. Department of Defense (PRINCETON, N.J.) -- According to recent USA Today/Gallup poll results, Americans are increasingly optimistic about U.S. progress in Afghanistan. 

Although 54 percent of Americans polled say the U.S. is not doing well in Afghanistan, 45 percent -- the highest percentage since July 2009 -- believe the U.S. is advancing rather well.

As for an assessment of President Obama's handling of the war in Afghanistan, Americans appear to be divided almost evenly.  Forty-four percent approve of the president's direction, while 49 percent believe Obama could be managing the situation better.

Overall, those surveyed are more supportive of the Afghanistan war than the war in Iraq.

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Americans Continue to Perceive Crime Increases

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(PRINCETON, NJ) – As both the FBI and the Bureau of Justice Statistics report drops in crime from 2008 to 2009, the American people continue to think that crime is on the rise, according to Gallup’s annual crime survey. Two-thirds of Americans say they believe crime has increased in the U.S. since last year, according to the survey.

Americans are less quick to say, however, that crime levels have increased in their neighborhoods this year as only 49 percent believe there has been a rise locally.

As for the level of crime in the U.S.,  60% of Americans believe the crime problem in the U.S. is "extremely" or "very serious," up from 55% in 2009. That is the highest level Gallup has measured since 2000. 

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Jobs Top the List of American Concerns

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(PRINCETON, NJ) – Concern over jobs ranks first on a list of the top five issues Americans believe face the country, according to a new Gallup Poll.

The economy, healthcare, government operation and the federal budget deficit rounded out the list.

The results mark the first time since April that the monthly poll has shown that Americans have been more concerned over jobs than with the economy, although both have been regulars at the top of the list.

In fact, the last time that neither the economy nor jobs was atop the list was back in January 2008, when Iraq held the spot.

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New High: 46% of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A new high of 46 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana, according to a new Gallup survey.

The figure represents only a two percent rise from 2009, but continues an upward trend since 2000, when just 31 percent of Americans supported the drug’s legalization.

Across all sub-groups that were polled, liberals and 18-to-19 year-olds expressed the highest level of support with 72 percent and 61 percent respectively.

Support for the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes, however, was down from 78 percent in 2005 to 70 percent.
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