Religion Remains a Strong Marker of Political Identity in U.S.
Very religious Americans continue to align with the Republican Party, while moderately religious and nonreligious Americans are more likely to identify as Democrats. These patterns have remained consistent over almost seven years.

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.

Americans More Likely to Avoid Drinking Soda Than Before
Sixty-three percent of Americans say they avoid soda -- a jump from 10 years ago -- and more than half say they avoid sugar (52%). More than nine in 10 Americans try to include fruits (92%) or vegetables (93%) in their diet.

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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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.

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.

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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

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.

U.S. Economic Confidence Edges Back Up

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.

Well-Being

Nearly Half in U.S. Remain Worried About Their Weight

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.

Beer Is Americans' Adult Beverage of Choice This Year

Beer leads wine as the drink of choice among Americans who consume alcohol, by as big a margin as Gallup has seen in six years. The percentage of Americans who report consuming any alcohol is now 64%, similar to recent levels.

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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