World Faces Shortage in Purpose Well-Being
Out of the five elements of well-being, adults worldwide fared worst in 2013 in purpose well-being -- suggesting a global deficit in the number of people who actually like what they do each day and who are motivated to achieve their goals.

Americans continue to trust their local governments (72%) more than their state governments (62%). Their trust levels are unchanged from last year and are just a few points off from their historical averages.

Forty percent of Americans say that the specific party controlling Congress matters a great deal to them. This matches the 2002 level but is down from 49% in 2010, mainly because of a sharp decline in this view among Republicans.

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.

Gallup Business Journal

Successful Entrepreneurs Declare Their Independence
If you're a business builder who has high Independent talent, you consider yourself a jack-of-all-trades who can single-handedly start and operate a winning enterprise.

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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.

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Politics

In U.S., Four in 10 Say Party Control of Congress Matters

Forty percent of Americans say that the specific party controlling Congress matters a great deal to them. This matches the 2002 level but is down from 49% in 2010, mainly because of a sharp decline in this view among Republicans.

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.

Economy

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.

U.S. Economic Confidence Index Remains on Plateau

Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index measured -16 for the week ending Sept. 14. This is on par with the weekly average of -16 so far in 2014, and is consistent with scores recorded for the past seven weeks.

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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