No Vacation for One in Five Microbusiness Owners Last Year
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.

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.

Few Americans say companies should be allowed to refuse to hire smokers (14%) or those who are significantly overweight (12%). Americans are more willing to say that smokers and those who are overweight should pay more for health insurance.

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.

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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As potential Democratic candidates in 2016, Andrew Cuomo, Elizabeth Warren, and Martin O'Malley struggle with name recognition. Hillary Clinton is the best known and liked candidate among U.S. Democrats, followed by Joe Biden.

Seventy percent of Americans who exercised at least 30 minutes every day in the past week expressed agreement that they always feel good about their appearance, compared with 49% of those who did not exercise for 30 minutes on any day.

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Interactive Features

Politics

Obama Averages 43.2% Job Approval in 22nd Quarter

President Barack Obama averaged 43.2% job approval during his 22nd quarter in office, from April 20 through July 19. That is a slight increase from his 42.4% 21st-quarter average, but among his lowest as president.

Americans Say Business Background Is Best for Governing

Four in five Americans (81%) say the country would be governed better if more people with business and management experience were elected. Meanwhile, 63% say the country would be better governed with more female political leaders.

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

Hiring Discrimination for Smokers, Obese Rejected in U.S.

Few Americans say companies should be allowed to refuse to hire smokers (14%) or those who are significantly overweight (12%). Americans are more willing to say that smokers and those who are overweight should pay more for health insurance.

Many U.S. Smokers Say Higher Cigarette Taxes Are Unjust

A majority of U.S. smokers see increased taxes on cigarettes as an act of unfair discrimination against them. At the same time, a majority of smokers believe restrictions on smoking in public places are justified.

World

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.

Majority of Brazilians Expect World Cup to Hurt Economy

The majority of Brazilian adults (55%) interviewed shortly before the World Cup started in mid-June expect it to hurt the Brazilian economy, while 31% believe that it will help. A minority (43%) believe the country's image will improve.

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