Gallup Week-in-Review
Read about how job approval for congressional representatives relates to voter turnout, life in North Dakota, good places and bad places for gays and lesbians to live worldwide, and more in this week's review.

A slim majority of Americans, 53%, approve of labor unions, near the low in Gallup's nearly 80-year trend. Although more Americans approve than disapprove of unions, they also widely support right-to-work laws.

In the U.S., 49% of Americans are dissatisfied with the quality of K-12 education while 48% are satisfied, the narrowest split since 2001. From 2008-2013, more Americans were dissatisfied with education than were satisfied.

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Adults employed full time in the U.S. report working an average of 47 hours a week, almost a full workday longer than what a standard five-day, 9-to-5 schedule entails. Workers paid a salary log a few more hours each week than those paid hourly.

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North Carolina, in the midst of a crucial Senate race, is the first state profiled in Gallup's newly launched State Scorecard assessments examining 14 key political, economic, and cultural measures for each of the 50 states.

Nearly three in 10 adults (28%) in 123 countries in 2013 say their city or area is a "good place" for gay or lesbian people to live, but attitudes range from a high of 83% in the Netherlands to a low of 1% in Pakistan and Senegal.

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Politics

Obama's "Strong Disapproval" Double His "Strong Approval"

Americans are more than twice as likely to "strongly disapprove" (39%) of President Obama's job performance as they are to "strongly approve" (17%). The margin in approval ratings of his performance has steadily grown since 2009.

Americans' Satisfaction With Education System Increases

In the U.S., 49% of Americans are dissatisfied with the quality of K-12 education while 48% are satisfied, the narrowest split since 2001. From 2008-2013, more Americans were dissatisfied with education than were satisfied.

Economy

Economic Confidence Index Unmoved at -16

Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index continued along its static pattern, remaining at -16 for the week ending Aug. 24 -- the same score as was recorded the previous week.

North Dakota: Legendary Among States

North Dakota is the runaway leader among the states in how its residents score their lives and their state on 50 different dimensions. Several leading North Dakota officials offer their insights on why North Dakotans are so content.

Well-Being

North Dakota: Legendary Among States

North Dakota is the runaway leader among the states in how its residents score their lives and their state on 50 different dimensions. Several leading North Dakota officials offer their insights on why North Dakotans are so content.

LGBT Americans Report Lower Well-Being

LGBT Americans, particularly women, have lower overall well-being than their non-LGBT counterparts, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The disparities are most significant in the areas of physical and financial well-being.

World

Nearly Three in 10 Workers Worldwide Are Self-Employed

Nearly three in 10 workers worldwide reported being self-employed in 2013. But rather than a positive sign of proactive entrepreneurial energy, high rates of self-employment in some countries often signal poor economic performance.

Latin America Scores Lowest on Security

Latin America and the Caribbean's score of 56 on Gallup's Law and Order Index in 2013 is the lowest in the world and no better than the region's score five years ago.

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