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.

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.

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.

Russian Approval of Putin Soars to Highest Level in Years
Russians' approval of President Vladimir Putin is now at its highest level in years, while their approval of the leadership of the U.S. and the European Union has hit record lows.

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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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Hillary Clinton rates as both the best known and best liked among 16 potential 2016 presidential candidates. Among Republicans, Mike Huckabee has a likability score second to Clinton and above average familiarity.

In the U.S., 35% say that now is a good time to find a quality job. This represents a seven-percentage-point increase since June, and is the highest since December 2007, the first month of the Great Recession.

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Politics

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.

Cuomo, Warren, O'Malley Still Unknown to Many Democrats

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.

Economy

One in Six Say Immigration Most Important U.S. Problem

The percentage of Americans citing immigration as the nation's top problem surged to 17% this month, from 5% in June, and the highest since 2006. Immigration now ties dissatisfaction with government as the top perceived U.S. problem.

U.S. Economic Confidence Dips Slightly to -18

Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index dropped slightly last week to -18, a level not seen since March. The drop can largely be attributed to a rise in Americans' poor ratings of the current economic conditions.

Well-Being

Americans Who Exercise Most Feel Best About Appearance

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.

In U.S., Uninsured Rate Sinks to 13.4% in Second Quarter

The uninsured rate in the U.S. dropped to 13.4% in the second quarter of 2014 from 15.6% in the first quarter. This is the lowest rate recorded since Gallup and Healthways began tracking the percentage of uninsured Americans in 2008.

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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