Nearly Half in U.S. Remain Worried About Their Weight
Forty-five percent of Americans worry about their weight all or some of the time, remaining near the level of worry expressed in recent years. Another 29% of Americans are currently trying to lose weight, mainly for health reasons.

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.

Americans are divided on whether Israel's recent actions against Hamas are justified, but overwhelmingly see Hamas' actions against Israel as unjustified. These results echo what Gallup has found in the past.

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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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.

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.

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Jul 21-23, 2014 – Updates daily at 1 p.m. ET; reflects one-day change

Interactive Features

Politics

Americans Still Oppose Lowering the Drinking Age

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.

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.

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

Beer Is Americans' Adult Beverage of Choice This Year

Beer leads wine as the drink of choice among Americans who consume alcohol, by as big a margin as Gallup has seen in six years. The percentage of Americans who report consuming any alcohol is now 64%, similar to recent levels.

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.

World

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.

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.

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