Gallup Week-in-Review
Read about Americans' views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, how U.S. consumers are trying to cut costs this summer, Russians' most trusted news source, and more in this week's review.

Religious Americans are significantly more likely than less religious Americans to be sympathetic to the Israelis in the Middle East situation. Jews, Mormons, and Protestants give Israelis above-average support.

Africans are among the most likely in the world to believe people in their countries can get ahead by working hard, with the 85% of those surveyed in 2013 rivaling scores in more developed parts of the world.

U.S. Payroll to Population Rate Steady at 45.1% in July
Gallup's U.S. Payroll to Population employment rate was 45.1% in July, maintaining gains from the first half of 2014. However, workforce participation continues to be relatively weak.

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Nearly twice as many Americans say they are actively trying to avoid fat in their diet (56%) as say they are actively avoiding carbohydrates (29%).

Very religious Americans continue to align with the Republican Party, while moderately religious and nonreligious Americans are more likely to identify as Democrats. These patterns have remained consistent over almost seven years.

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Interactive Features

Politics

Partisanship Points to Tough Midterm Environment for Dems

Forty-two percent of Americans currently identify as Democrats or lean Democratic, while 40% are Republicans or Republican leaners. That narrow two-percentage-point advantage suggests a difficult midterm election for the Democratic Party.

LGBT Americans Continue to Skew Democratic and Liberal

As was the case two years ago, Americans identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender are significantly more Democratic than other Americans, and are significantly more likely to approve of Barack Obama's job performance.

Economy

U.S. Economic Confidence Down Sharply From Last Week

Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index dropped six points last week to -21 -- the largest one-week drop since last October, and the lowest weekly index score since December. Americans' outlook for the economy plummeted to an eight-month low.

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.

Well-Being

Reports of Alcohol-Related Family Trouble Remain Up in U.S.

Americans are much more likely now than they were 30 years ago to say drinking has been a cause of trouble in their family. Those who acknowledge having alcohol-related family problems are less likely to say they drink.

Americans Still Avoid Fat More Than Carbs

Nearly twice as many Americans say they are actively trying to avoid fat in their diet (56%) as say they are actively avoiding carbohydrates (29%).

World

Russians Back Strong Stance on Ukraine

Russians largely back their country's tough stance on Ukraine, which earned Russia more economic sanctions from the U.S. and Europe this week. Nearly two in three believe their country needs to take a "very strong position" with Ukraine.

Russians Rely on State Media for News of Ukraine, Crimea

Before the plane crash in Ukraine last week, most Russians were following the events in Ukraine and Crimea. They were most likely to see their state media as a reliable source for news about it then; few trust Western media.

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