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.
Despite facing stiffer resistance from North Korea than expected at the start of the Korean War, Americans rejected using the atom bomb in August 1950.
Americans' impressions of six major sectors of the U.S. economy grew significantly more positive this year. Others improved slightly, while none lost ground.
In 1947, as the Iron Curtain was descending on Europe, Gallup found most Americans suspicious of Russia's military and cultural intentions.
In 1993, Americans had a mixed response to easing restrictions on gays serving in the military, and both sides felt strongly about their view.
After mostly disapproving of married women working when not financially necessary in 1936, Americans gave slim majority approval to this in 1969.
In 1939, Gallup conducted simultaneous polls in the U.S. and France on each nation's favorite foreign countries and statesmen. The U.S. led in France, as did FDR.
Ronald Reagan's 1985 visit to a German WWII military cemetery sparked a political firestorm in the U.S.
One of Gallup's earliest polls, from 1939, addressed the evolving cultural norms around men and women revealing their skin in summer clothing.
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.