Apr 25-May 1, 2018
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Obama Disapproval 46% +1
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Articles providing context for the 2016 presidential election

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

by Frank Newport

Ted Cruz's choice of Carly Fiorina as his running mate might help his ticket in a November matchup with Hillary Clinton, but the benefit it brings him in the primary is unclear. Cruz's current challenge is among men, not women.

How Millennials Want to Work and Live
May 10-12 — Omaha, Nebraska

by Frank Newport

Republicans' views of Ted Cruz are now at a new low, with 39% viewing him favorably and 45% unfavorably. This reflects a steep slide in his image over the last couple of weeks. Donald Trump's image is up to +24 among Republicans.

by Frank Newport and Jim Harter

Gallup research reveals leadership strengths most highly correlated with likelihood to vote for president are: inspiring, caring about individuals, visionary and courageous -- traits on which remaining candidates are rated poorly.

On April 29, 1992, one of the worst riots in the nation's history erupted in Los Angeles after police accused of beating a young black man were found not guilty. Whites and blacks agreed that the verdict and the riots were unjustified.

by Frank Newport and Jim Harter

U.S. adults have well-defined images of the four major presidential candidates across 12 key leadership dimensions. They give the candidates, as a group, the most credit for being competitive, intense, focused and enthusiastic.

Gallup's 1976-1986 trend on public support for building nuclear power plants chronicled a sharp increase in public opposition in the decade spanning the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl nuclear power accidents.

by Frank Newport

Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz have adopted strong, and opposing, positions on the ideal role of government. Americans support neither of these positions, and would prefer debate and compromise on the issue, rather than rigid ideology.

Fifty-one years ago, Gallup found about half of Americans believing political favoritism and corruption were on the rise and the majority saying both parties were equally likely to engage in it.

by Frank Newport and Lydia Saad

Despite some contentions to the contrary, evidence shows that at this time in the 1980 campaign year, Ronald Reagan's image was significantly more positive than Trump's image is now.