Gallup Week-in-Review
Read about Americans' evolving views of terrorism since the 9/11 tragedies, how political identities are shifting in Alaska, Europeans' views of banks, and more in this week's review.

For the 10th straight month, roughly a quarter of Americans are satisfied with the direction of the country, while 76% are dissatisfied. Close to half -- 48% -- are very dissatisfied, up from 42% in January.

Of five major common financial decisions, U.S. investors are the most likely to seek professional advice when creating a financial plan, followed by college planning. Far fewer seek any kind of advice when buying a car or house.

Trust in Federal Gov't on International Issues at New Low
Americans' trust in the federal government to handle both domestic and international problems are at new lows. Trust in dealing with international matters is down 23 percentage points since 2012.

Gallup Business Journal

Four Ways to Build a Healthier Workplace -- and Country
U.S. employers can transform employee behaviors to create a workplace -- and national -- culture of health. Here's how.

EDITORS' PICKS

Although fears about the eurozone's collapse are receding, most residents in bailout countries still do not put much faith in their financial institutions. So far, trust is returning only in Ireland.

With fall about to begin, 44% in the U.S. say they have spent more in the last month than they did at the same time one year ago. However nearly a quarter say they are spending less than a year ago, a noteworthy increase.

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Sep 11-13, 2014 – Updates daily at 1 p.m. ET; reflects one-day change

Interactive Features

Politics

Amid Crucial Senate Race, Alaskans' Independence Grows

In the midst of a competitive election for U.S. senate in Alaska, nearly six in 10 (59%) Alaskans identify as political independents. Fewer Alaskans identify as Republicans (25%) and as Democrats (13%) than in recent years.

Republicans Expand Edge as Better Party Against Terrorism

By a 23-percentage-point margin, Americans say Republicans are the party best able to protect the U.S. from terrorism and military threats, the largest GOP advantage to date. Republicans also have the edge on keeping the nation prosperous.

Economy

Since 9/11, Fewer Americans Say Terrorism Top Problem

Thirteen years after the 9/11 attacks, 4% of Americans mention terrorism as the No. 1 problem facing the U.S. This is up slightly from the 1% average so far in 2014, but lower than at other times since 9/11.

Confidence in Banks Slow to Return in Bailout Countries

Although fears about the eurozone's collapse are receding, most residents in bailout countries still do not put much faith in their financial institutions. So far, trust is returning only in Ireland.

Well-Being

North Dakota: Legendary Among States

North Dakota is the runaway leader among the states in how its residents score their lives and their state on 50 different dimensions. Several leading North Dakota officials offer their insights on why North Dakotans are so content.

LGBT Americans Report Lower Well-Being

LGBT Americans, particularly women, have lower overall well-being than their non-LGBT counterparts, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The disparities are most significant in the areas of physical and financial well-being.

World

Nearly 3 in 10 Worldwide See Their Areas as Good for Gays

Nearly three in 10 adults (28%) in 123 countries in 2013 say their city or area is a "good place" for gay or lesbian people to live, but attitudes range from a high of 83% in the Netherlands to a low of 1% in Pakistan and Senegal.

Nearly Three in 10 Workers Worldwide Are Self-Employed

Nearly three in 10 workers worldwide reported being self-employed in 2013. But rather than a positive sign of proactive entrepreneurial energy, high rates of self-employment in some countries often signal poor economic performance.

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