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After mostly disapproving of married women working when not financially necessary in 1936, Americans gave slim majority approval to this in 1969.

In 1939, Gallup conducted simultaneous polls in the U.S. and France on each nation's favorite foreign countries and statesmen. The U.S. led in France, as did FDR.

Ronald Reagan's 1985 visit to a German WWII military cemetery sparked a political firestorm in the U.S.

One of Gallup's earliest polls, from 1939, addressed the evolving cultural norms around men and women revealing their skin in summer clothing.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 50 years ago that state laws against interracial marriage were unconstitutional. But as that case was wending its way through the courts, less than half of Americans agreed.

The United States' decision to direct Voice of America broadcasts to Russia at the start of the Cold War met with considerable skepticism among Americans who doubted these would be effective, or even reach their target.

In 1939, Gallup found expansive public support for nine of 10 proposals, then described as "drastic," aimed at reducing car accidents.

Despite reservations about some specific spending cuts, the majority of Americans in 1981 endorsed Ronald Reagan's budget cutting plans and approved of his handling of the economy as he sought to remake the federal budget.

In 1954, most Americans thought that if J. Edgar Hoover were to say that the FBI had most of the American communists under its eye, they would feel pretty sure it was true.

Saturday marks 25 years since the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles. Americans at the time faulted both the riots and the verdict that sparked them.

Long before Amazon made shopping at big-box stores and malls seem old fashioned, "chain stores" were the disruptive force in American commerce.

Eight in 10 Americans said in 1999 that Columbine was not an isolated incident, but rather a sign that something was "seriously wrong" in the U.S.

President Harry Truman's dismissal of Gen. Douglas MacArthur in 1951 set off a firestorm of controversy.

Nine in 10 Americans familiar with John F. Kennedy's press conferences in 1962 liked how he handled himself. Only 36% said the press asked good questions.

Seven of the top 10 reasons Americans gave for the problem of teenage delinquency in 1954 had to do with bad parenting, especially lack of discipline.

In the years bracketing World War II, many Americans were willing to curb free speech for groups perceived to be undermining the U.S. government.

On the 70th anniversary of the Truman Doctrine, the Gallup Vault reviews Americans' reactions to this historic foreign policy shift.

Ronald Reagan's 1987 address on the Tower Commission report helped repair his job approval rating after the Iran-Contra affair.

President Nixon's February 1972 visit to China made Americans more optimistic about achieving world peace, helped transform Americans' opinion of the Chinese people and lifted Nixon's approval rating.

Gallup tracked the evolution of Americans' acceptance of unconventional clothing choices by women, starting with slacks.