Nearly Three in 10 Workers Worldwide Are Self-Employed
Nearly three in 10 workers worldwide reported being self-employed in 2013. But rather than a positive sign of proactive entrepreneurial energy, high rates of self-employment in some countries often signal poor economic performance.

President Barack Obama's approval ratings for handling the economy (35%) and foreign affairs (36%) are both significantly lower than his overall job approval rating, which has been the case throughout his second term.

Black Americans have consistently held more negative views of the police than whites, providing context for understanding the continuing protests resulting from the controversial death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Republicans More Focused on Immigration as Top Problem
Republicans and Democrats generally share concerns about dysfunctional government, the economy, and jobs as top problems facing the country, but they differ on immigration, moral decline, poverty, and education.

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What the American Consumer Is Thinking
The economic downturn left lasting financial and emotional scars. But a recent Gallup study finds signs that consumer attitudes are starting to improve.

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The majority of Americans think local agencies should be the chief influencers over what is taught in public schools.

Latin America and the Caribbean's score of 56 on Gallup's Law and Order Index in 2013 is the lowest in the world and no better than the region's score five years ago.

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Politics

Obama Job Approval Tops Economy, Foreign Affairs Ratings

President Barack Obama's approval ratings for handling the economy (35%) and foreign affairs (36%) are both significantly lower than his overall job approval rating, which has been the case throughout his second term.

Gallup Review: Black and White Attitudes Toward Police

Black Americans have consistently held more negative views of the police than whites, providing context for understanding the continuing protests resulting from the controversial death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Economy

Americans' Satisfaction With Job Security at New High

Fifty-eight percent of American workers say they are completely satisfied with their job security. This is a new high, indicating a rebound from the recession and its aftermath. Satisfaction increased for 10 of the 13 job aspects Gallup asked about.

U.S. Economic Confidence Stable at -16 in Mid-August

In the U.S., Gallup's Economic Confidence Index remained stable at -16 after reading -17 the week prior. Americans were slightly more optimistic about current economic conditions than they were the previous week.

Well-Being

Slim Majority in U.S. Call Secondhand Smoke Very Harmful

A little more than half of Americans believe breathing secondhand smoke is very harmful to adults, unchanged in more than a decade. Smokers, particularly those who are not parents, are less concerned.

Americans Serving Their Communities Gain Well-Being Edge

Americans who have received recognition for helping to improve their communities in the last year have higher overall well-being and are less likely to report experiencing stress and worry than those who haven't received such recognition.

World

Latin America Scores Lowest on Security

Latin America and the Caribbean's score of 56 on Gallup's Law and Order Index in 2013 is the lowest in the world and no better than the region's score five years ago.

Africans Weigh Cost, Benefits of Secondary Education

Most Africans across 31 countries say secondary schools in their area prepare people for work (60%), but half (52%) say such schools are too expensive. The balance between perceived cost and benefits varies widely by country.

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