U.S. Economic Confidence Steady at -16
Economic confidence is largely stable at -16 for the week ending April 13, compared with -15 the prior week. Gallup's Economic Confidence Index has ranged narrowly between -13 and -20 this year.

As taxes increase for some Americans, nearly half in the U.S. say middle-income Americans pay too much in taxes, an increase from last year. Meanwhile, 23% say lower-income people pay too little, a near-record high.

A majority of Americans, 52%, say the amount of federal income taxes they have to pay is too high, the highest reading since 2008. Furthermore, the percentage who say their taxes are fair is the lowest since 2001.

Corruption is a major issue in India's ongoing election, with 75% of Indian adults saying it is widespread in their government. This issue crosses generations, indicating India's bulging young population has the same concerns as its elders.

McAllen, Texas, Residents Least Likely to Feel Safe
Residents of the McAllen, Texas, area felt the least safe walking alone at night (48.5%), in 2012-2013. Residents of the community were also the least likely to say they did not struggle to pay for housing in the last 12 months (75.5%).

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Politics

More Than Half of Americans Say Federal Taxes Too High

A majority of Americans, 52%, say the amount of federal income taxes they have to pay is too high, the highest reading since 2008. Furthermore, the percentage who say their taxes are fair is the lowest since 2001.

Parents Lean in Favor of Common Core, but Many Unaware

About a third of public school parents (35%) have a positive impression of the Common Core education standards and 28% have a negative impression. Thirty-seven percent have not heard of Common Core or don't know enough to say.

Economy

New York State Most Worried About Tax Burden, Wyoming Least Worried

Nearly eight out of 10 New Yorkers are worried about their state tax burden, says Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport in his analysis of Americans' perceptions of taxes.

Americans' Trust in Online Higher Ed Rising

Americans' trust in the quality of online colleges and universities is rising, with 37% of U.S. adults now agreeing or strongly agreeing that these institutions offer high-quality education, up from 30% in 2011.

Well-Being

Americans Remain Negative Toward Healthcare Law

Americans remain more negative than positive toward the Affordable Care Act on various measures, including 43% approval and 54% disapproval of the law itself. A clear majority (64%) say the law has not directly affected them.

City Satisfaction Highest in Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.

Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo., and San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif., residents are most satisfied with their cities, while Rockford, Ill., and Stockton, Calif., residents are least. Those in areas with low satisfaction are less optimistic that the area is improving.

World

U.S. Tops Other Global Leaders in Approval

The leadership of the U.S. received higher approval ratings worldwide in 2013 than the leadership of Germany, the European Union, China, and Russia.

Global Image of U.S. Leadership Rebounds

After hitting a low point at the end of President Barack Obama's first term, U.S. leadership ratings worldwide rallied in 2013 as he began his second.

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