Lydia Saad is a Senior Editor at Gallup. She writes extensively about U.S. public opinion for Gallup.com, authoring more than 1,500 news articles since 1992. In her role as Advanced Consultant, she leads the Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor Optimism and Retirement Optimism Index, designing this quarterly public release study and analyzing its results.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 50 years ago that state laws against interracial marriage were unconstitutional. But as that case was wending its way through the courts, less than half of Americans agreed.
The United States' decision to direct Voice of America broadcasts to Russia at the start of the Cold War met with considerable skepticism among Americans who doubted these would be effective, or even reach their target.
In 1939, Gallup found expansive public support for nine of 10 proposals, then described as "drastic," aimed at reducing car accidents.
Despite reservations about some specific spending cuts, the majority of Americans in 1981 endorsed Ronald Reagan's budget cutting plans and approved of his handling of the economy as he sought to remake the federal budget.
Saturday marks 25 years since the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles. Americans at the time faulted both the riots and the verdict that sparked them.
Long before Amazon made shopping at big-box stores and malls seem old fashioned, "chain stores" were the disruptive force in American commerce.
Eight in 10 Americans said in 1999 that Columbine was not an isolated incident, but rather a sign that something was "seriously wrong" in the U.S.
Nine in 10 Americans familiar with John F. Kennedy's press conferences in 1962 liked how he handled himself. Only 36% said the press asked good questions.