Americans Wary of Federal Influence on Public Schools
The majority of Americans think local agencies should be the chief influencers over what is taught in public schools.

In the U.S., Gallup's Economic Confidence Index remained stable at -16 after reading -17 the week prior. Americans were slightly more optimistic about current economic conditions than they were the previous week.

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.

Congressional Re-Elect Measure Remains Near All-Time Low
Nineteen percent of U.S. voters agree that most members of Congress deserve re-election, near January's all-time low, while 50% say their own representative deserves re-election, roughly equal to 1994 and 2010.

Gallup Business Journal

The Education Economy: America's Next Big Thing
Integrating the country's educational system, employers, and job creators can reshape -- and reignite -- the American economy. An expert on education explains.

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U.S. investors -- adults with $10,000 or more in investments -- are more likely to have a dedicated financial adviser (44%) than to use a financial website for getting advice on investing or planning for their retirement (20%).

In the U.S., millennials are the generational group most likely to say they are spending more money today than they were a year ago. Members of Generation X are least likely to say this.

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Politics

Congressional Re-Elect Measure Remains Near All-Time Low

Nineteen percent of U.S. voters agree that most members of Congress deserve re-election, near January's all-time low, while 50% say their own representative deserves re-election, roughly equal to 1994 and 2010.

U.S. Satisfaction Generally Stable at 22%

Americans' satisfaction with the way things are going in the U.S., currently 22%, has been remarkably stable this year. If it persists into the fall, it would tie as the lowest satisfaction reading at the time of a midterm election.

Economy

Fewer Workers in the U.S. Are Worried About Job Setbacks

Fewer Americans employed full or part time are worried about their job security or compensation than has been true since the financial collapse of late 2008. Their concerns are still higher now than before the collapse.

U.S. Investors Opt for Human Over Online Financial Advice

U.S. investors -- adults with $10,000 or more in investments -- are more likely to have a dedicated financial adviser (44%) than to use a financial website for getting advice on investing or planning for their retirement (20%).

Well-Being

Americans Serving Their Communities Gain Well-Being Edge

Americans who have received recognition for helping to improve their communities in the last year have higher overall well-being and are less likely to report experiencing stress and worry than those who haven't received such recognition.

LGBT Population in U.S. Significantly Less Religious

Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender are significantly less religious than other Americans, a difference that is evident in religious service attendance, importance of religion, and religious identification.

World

Africans Weigh Cost, Benefits of Secondary Education

Most Africans across 31 countries say secondary schools in their area prepare people for work (60%), but half (52%) say such schools are too expensive. The balance between perceived cost and benefits varies widely by country.

Europeans Give Banks Little Credit

One in 10 Cypriots and Spaniards expressed confidence in their country's financial institutions in 2013 -- the lowest trust levels worldwide.

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