May 16-22, 2016
Obama Approval 51% -
Obama Disapproval 45% -
Updates Tuesdays at 1 p.m. ET; reflects one-week change

Articles providing context for the 2016 presidential election

Daily, weekly and monthly updates on key indicators that provide context for the 2016 presidential election

In the weeks after the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on Japan, effectively ending World War II, most Americans thought the development of the atomic bomb was a good thing. But when Gallup last measured this, in 1998, attitudes were nearly reversed.

Fifty years ago, in March 1966, 47% of Americans described themselves as hawks on the Vietnam War -- wanting to step up the fighting -- while 26% described themselves as doves, wanting to slow it down.

by Frank Newport

The American public has not formed firm opinions on the issue of policies or laws surrounding transgender individuals' use of bathroom facilities, and the polling evidence that does exist at this point is mixed.