Country Well-Being Varies Greatly Worldwide
Thriving levels in different elements of well-being varied worldwide in 2013. Panamanians have the highest levels, while Syrians and Afghans have the lowest. Regionally, residents of sub-Saharan Africa are least likely to be thriving.

In the U.S., Hispanics and Asians are less likely to report having a personal doctor compared with other racial and ethnic groups, even though Asians are among the most likely to say that they have health insurance.

Less than one-quarter of Americans (22%) say there is too little government regulation of business and industry, while about half (49%) say there is too much. These attitudes have been consistent over the past five years.

U.S. Economic Confidence Index Remains on Plateau
Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index measured -16 for the week ending Sept. 14. This is on par with the weekly average of -16 so far in 2014, and is consistent with scores recorded for the past seven weeks.

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Entrepreneurs With High Determination Don't Give Up
Delays and obstructions don't deter them. These business builders' tenacity and persistence help them recover from setbacks and failures.


Although fears about the eurozone's collapse are receding, most residents in bailout countries still do not put much faith in their financial institutions. So far, trust is returning only in Ireland.


Sep 12-14, 2014 – Updates daily at 1 p.m. ET; reflects one-day change

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Americans' Trust in Executive, Legislative Branches Down

Americans' trust in each of the three branches of the federal government is at or near historical lows in Gallup's trends. Trust in the executive and legislative branches shows notable declines this year.

No Change in U.S. Mood: 23% Satisfied, 76% Not

For the 10th straight month, roughly a quarter of Americans are satisfied with the direction of the country, while 76% are dissatisfied. Close to half -- 48% -- are very dissatisfied, up from 42% in January.


U.S. Investors Seek Advice for Some Things More Than Others

Of five major common financial decisions, U.S. investors are the most likely to seek professional advice when creating a financial plan, followed by college planning. Far fewer seek any kind of advice when buying a car or house.

Since 9/11, Fewer Americans Say Terrorism Top Problem

Thirteen years after the 9/11 attacks, 4% of Americans mention terrorism as the No. 1 problem facing the U.S. This is up slightly from the 1% average so far in 2014, but lower than at other times since 9/11.


In U.S., LGBT More Likely Than Non-LGBT to Be Uninsured

In the U.S., LGBT adults are more likely than non-LGBT adults to be uninsured. LGBT adults are also more likely to lack a personal doctor and to report being unable to afford healthcare costs in the last year.

North Dakota: Legendary Among States

North Dakota is the runaway leader among the states in how its residents score their lives and their state on 50 different dimensions. Several leading North Dakota officials offer their insights on why North Dakotans are so content.


Confidence in Banks Slow to Return in Bailout Countries

Although fears about the eurozone's collapse are receding, most residents in bailout countries still do not put much faith in their financial institutions. So far, trust is returning only in Ireland.

Nearly 3 in 10 Worldwide See Their Areas as Good for Gays

Nearly three in 10 adults (28%) in 123 countries in 2013 say their city or area is a "good place" for gay or lesbian people to live, but attitudes range from a high of 83% in the Netherlands to a low of 1% in Pakistan and Senegal.

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