Americans Remain Divided on Preference for Gov't Activity
Americans continue to divide evenly in their personal preferences for a more versus a less active role for government. At the same time, more (54%) say the government is currently doing too much than say it should be doing more (41%).

American investors' optimism is at its highest point in seven years, according to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index survey. Increased optimism among nonretired investors is fueling the growth.

President Barack Obama's approval rating has dropped significantly more among Hispanics than among all national adults since the 2012 election. Still, Obama's current 52% approval rating among Hispanics exceeds the national average of 42%.

In U.S., Support for Daily Prayer in Schools Dips Slightly
A majority of Americans, 61%, support allowing daily prayers in classrooms, slightly below the level of support found in 2001. Three in four Americans support graduation prayers and student religious groups using school facilities.

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Politics

Hispanics' Approval of Obama Down Since '12

President Barack Obama's approval rating has dropped significantly more among Hispanics than among all national adults since the 2012 election. Still, Obama's current 52% approval rating among Hispanics exceeds the national average of 42%.

In U.S., Support for Daily Prayer in Schools Dips Slightly

A majority of Americans, 61%, support allowing daily prayers in classrooms, slightly below the level of support found in 2001. Three in four Americans support graduation prayers and student religious groups using school facilities.

Economy

U.S. Economic Confidence Ticks Down to -18

Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index ticked down two points to a current reading of -18 for the week ending Sept. 21. The index continues to follow the relatively flat trend it has been on throughout 2014.

In U.S., More Hispanics Name Immigration as Top Problem

One in four U.S. Hispanics name immigration as the top problem facing the U.S., assigning more importance to the issue than the general public does. Among all adults, Republicans are now more likely than Democrats to say immigration is the No. 1 issue.

Well-Being

The Well-Being 5: Development and Validation of a Diagnostic Instrument to Improve Population Well-Being

Building upon extensive research from 2 validated well-being instruments, the objective of this research was to develop and validate a comprehensive and actionable well-being instrument that informs and facilitates improvement of well-being for individuals, communities, and nations.

Black College Grads More Likely to Graduate With Debt

Half of 2000-2014 black college graduates in the U.S. report graduating with more than $25,000 in student loan debt. Black college grads show lower levels of well-being in several areas compared with other college graduates.

World

Quality Healthcare at a Premium in Ebola-Affected Countries

People in West African countries affected by Ebola rated their healthcare among the world's worst before the outbreak. More than seven in 10 in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia were dissatisfied with the availability of quality care.

Country Well-Being Varies Greatly Worldwide

Thriving levels in different elements of well-being varied worldwide in 2013. Panamanians have the highest levels, while Syrians and Afghans have the lowest. Regionally, residents of sub-Saharan Africa are least likely to be thriving.

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