Hiring Discrimination for Smokers, Obese Rejected in U.S.
Few Americans say companies should be allowed to refuse to hire smokers (14%) or those who are significantly overweight (12%). Americans are more willing to say that smokers and those who are overweight should pay more for health insurance.

Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index has made up the losses from the prior week, and now stands at -15. Americans' views of current and future economic conditions have ticked upward after several weeks with no improvement.

A majority of U.S. smokers see increased taxes on cigarettes as an act of unfair discrimination against them. At the same time, a majority of smokers believe restrictions on smoking in public places are justified.

Obama Averages 43.2% Job Approval in 22nd Quarter
President Barack Obama averaged 43.2% job approval during his 22nd quarter in office, from April 20 through July 19. That is a slight increase from his 42.4% 21st-quarter average, but among his lowest as president.

Gallup Business Journal

Why Customer Engagement Matters So Much Now
Wary consumers will give more money to the businesses they feel emotionally connected to -- while ignoring, or even opposing, those that provide them no value.

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Seventy percent of Americans who exercised at least 30 minutes every day in the past week expressed agreement that they always feel good about their appearance, compared with 49% of those who did not exercise for 30 minutes on any day.

Russians' approval of President Vladimir Putin is now at its highest level in years, while their approval of the leadership of the U.S. and the European Union has hit record lows.

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Interactive Features

Politics

Americans Say Business Background Is Best for Governing

Four in five Americans (81%) say the country would be governed better if more people with business and management experience were elected. Meanwhile, 63% say the country would be better governed with more female political leaders.

Cuomo, Warren, O'Malley Still Unknown to Many Democrats

As potential Democratic candidates in 2016, Andrew Cuomo, Elizabeth Warren, and Martin O'Malley struggle with name recognition. Hillary Clinton is the best known and liked candidate among U.S. Democrats, followed by Joe Biden.

Economy

In U.S., Quality Jobs Outlook Best in More Than Six Years

In the U.S., 35% say that now is a good time to find a quality job. This represents a seven-percentage-point increase since June, and is the highest since December 2007, the first month of the Great Recession.

One in Six Say Immigration Most Important U.S. Problem

The percentage of Americans citing immigration as the nation's top problem surged to 17% this month, from 5% in June, and the highest since 2006. Immigration now ties dissatisfaction with government as the top perceived U.S. problem.

Well-Being

Many U.S. Smokers Say Higher Cigarette Taxes Are Unjust

A majority of U.S. smokers see increased taxes on cigarettes as an act of unfair discrimination against them. At the same time, a majority of smokers believe restrictions on smoking in public places are justified.

Americans Who Exercise Most Feel Best About Appearance

Seventy percent of Americans who exercised at least 30 minutes every day in the past week expressed agreement that they always feel good about their appearance, compared with 49% of those who did not exercise for 30 minutes on any day.

World

Nearly All Nigerians See Boko Haram as a Major Threat

Two in three Nigerians (67%) believe that their government is not doing enough to fight terrorism, even as 95% say Boko Haram or other Islamic militant groups are a major threat to their country's future.

Majority of Brazilians Expect World Cup to Hurt Economy

The majority of Brazilian adults (55%) interviewed shortly before the World Cup started in mid-June expect it to hurt the Brazilian economy, while 31% believe that it will help. A minority (43%) believe the country's image will improve.

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