Jobs Climate Related to Well-Being Worldwide
Across countries and in every region of the world, those who consider it a good time to find a job in their city or area exhibit higher levels of well-being in all five elements: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical.

Louisianans in 2014 show a slight preference for the Democratic (45%) over the Republican Party (41%), a shift from the past three years. This is still lower than the Democrats' 10-point lead in 2008.

Americans continue to divide evenly in their personal preferences for a more versus a less active role for government. At the same time, more (54%) say the government is currently doing too much than say it should be doing more (41%).

In the U.S., Economic Confidence Rises to -14
The U.S. Economic Confidence Index rose four points to -14 last week, up from -18 the previous week. Americans' ratings of current conditions and the economic outlook improved. Confidence has not been this high since early June.

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Politics

Americans Remain Divided on Preference for Gov't Activity

Americans continue to divide evenly in their personal preferences for a more versus a less active role for government. At the same time, more (54%) say the government is currently doing too much than say it should be doing more (41%).

Hispanics' Approval of Obama Down Since '12

President Barack Obama's approval rating has dropped significantly more among Hispanics than among all national adults since the 2012 election. Still, Obama's current 52% approval rating among Hispanics exceeds the national average of 42%.

Economy

U.S. Investor Optimism Index Highest in Seven Years

American investors' optimism is at its highest point in seven years, according to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index survey. Increased optimism among nonretired investors is fueling the growth.

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.

Well-Being

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.

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.

World

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.

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.

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