Americans Favor Ban on Smoking in Public, but Not Total Ban
A majority of Americans say smoking in public places should be illegal. That is consistent with recent years, but a shift from before 2008 when the majority disagreed. Still, nearly 20% of Americans would totally ban smoking.

Americans are much more likely now than they were 30 years ago to say drinking has been a cause of trouble in their family. Those who acknowledge having alcohol-related family problems are less likely to say they drink.

Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index dropped six points last week to -21 -- the largest one-week drop since last October, and the lowest weekly index score since December. Americans' outlook for the economy plummeted to an eight-month low.

Americans Still Avoid Fat More Than Carbs
Nearly twice as many Americans say they are actively trying to avoid fat in their diet (56%) as say they are actively avoiding carbohydrates (29%).

Gallup Business Journal

How Hotels Can Engage Gen X and Millennial Guests
Gallup's latest hospitality study reveals the preferences of the up-and-coming generations of guests -- who, through their sheer numbers, could reshape the industry.

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Forty-five percent of Americans worry about their weight all or some of the time, remaining near the level of worry expressed in recent years. Another 29% of Americans are currently trying to lose weight, mainly for health reasons.

Before the plane crash in Ukraine last week, most Russians were following the events in Ukraine and Crimea. They were most likely to see their state media as a reliable source for news about it then; few trust Western media.

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Interactive Features

Politics

Americans' Reaction to Middle East Situation Similar to Past

Americans are divided on whether Israel's recent actions against Hamas are justified, but overwhelmingly see Hamas' actions against Israel as unjustified. These results echo what Gallup has found in the past.

Americans Still Oppose Lowering the Drinking Age

Americans continue to oppose lowering the drinking age to 18 in all states, with 25% in favor and 74% opposed. Political liberals and those with a postgraduate education are less likely to oppose a lower drinking age.

Economy

No Vacation for One in Five Microbusiness Owners Last Year

One in five U.S. microbusiness owners report taking no vacation days in the past year, with another 21% saying they took a week or less. Half of those who took no vacation days say they don't expect to take any in the next 12 months either.

American Consumers Careful With Spending in Summer 2014

Most Americans are using cost-saving measures to purchase items this summer. A majority have recently bought generic goods and gone online to find the best deal, while fewer have gone shopping for fun or made major purchases.

Well-Being

Reports of Alcohol-Related Family Trouble Remain Up in U.S.

Americans are much more likely now than they were 30 years ago to say drinking has been a cause of trouble in their family. Those who acknowledge having alcohol-related family problems are less likely to say they drink.

Americans Still Avoid Fat More Than Carbs

Nearly twice as many Americans say they are actively trying to avoid fat in their diet (56%) as say they are actively avoiding carbohydrates (29%).

World

Russian Approval of Putin Soars to Highest Level in Years

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.

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.

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