All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘gallup’

With Social Media Advertising, Are People Just Tuning Out?

Companies often believe they can use social media to increase brand awareness and tap into a new customer base. But, as Gallup findings suggest, consumers are highly adept at tuning out brand-related Facebook and Twitter content. These channels do not motivate prospective customers to consider trying a brand or recommending a brand to others. That’s the bad news from a …

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Navy SEALs Recruit Heavily From Seven Sports

Former athletes and the Navy SEALs. To succeed in both the athletic arena and as a SEAL requires toughness—both physical and mental—as well as strength and endurance. In the past few years, the Navy has identified which athletes are most likely to survive the highly rigorous and intense SEAL training program, and the answers might surprise you. The Navy SEALs …

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Federal Taxes Too High, Say Americans

With the deadline to file 2013 taxes approaching fast, more Americans are now coming face-to-face with just how much they own Uncle Sam. As the U.S. has always had an interesting relationship to taxes, it isn’t surprising that most Americans are somewhat unsettled by the amount of federal taxes they owe. A new Gallup poll released today shows that a …

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Small Businesses Struggle With Finding New Customers More Than Anything Else [Report]

Gallup and Wells Fargo recently released results from their Q1 2014 Small Business Index. The study found that attracting customers, targeting business opportunities, and finding new business were among the top challenges for small business owners in the U.S. 21% of owners cited these (combined) as the top challenge. Behind these, but significantly lower in percentage, were government regulation, the …

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Mississippi Still the Fattest State, Shows Poll

Last month a new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed encouraging data suggesting that future generations may be slimmer than the current population of America. Despite the good long-term news, the population of aging Americans is still continuing to get larger. A Gallup poll last week found that over 27% of American adults could be …

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U.S. Obesity Rate Up Again in 2013

Earlier this week the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new statistics showing that obesity among children ages two to five has dropped significantly over the past decade. This is a positive sign for America’s future health, but the current state of obesity in the U.S. is still being described as an epidemic by health professionals. Gallup …

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Wyoming, Mississippi Among the Reddest U.S. States

With Americans now more-or-less hating congress, it might seem that U.S. voters could unite around a few common issues, such as a functioning legislative branch. It turns out this isn’t the case, though, as a new poll is showing that Americans and America are just as politically polarized as ever. The new Gallup poll shows that certain states remain heavily …

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Americans Now Turning on Their Own Congress Members

It’s been a cliche in American politics for some time that voters think congress is doing a terrible job, yet believe that their own member of congress is working hard in their best interests, as well as those of the U.S. as a whole. Now, with congressional approval ratings falling to new lows, it seems that voters are even beginning …

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Percentage of Uninsured Americans is Dropping

Much debate has surrounded the Affordable Care Act (AKA “Obamacare”) since the legislation’s health insurance markets went live late last year. Since that time some encouraging numbers have shown that the program is working, at least a little. In December 2.2 million Americans signed up for health insurance using either the Healthcare.gov website or a state-sponsored healthcare exchange site. Now …

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Two-Thirds of Americans Dissatisfied With Wealth Distribution

With the U.S. economy still slow and the wealth gap as large as it has ever been in the U.S., more and more Americans seem to be growing dissatisfied with the way wealth is spread throughout the country. A new Gallup poll today shows that a full two-thirds (67%) of U.S. adults are either “somewhat dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied” with …

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Majority of Americans Dissatisfied With U.S. Direction

As the American political landscape continues to become more polarized, a large majority of Americans continue to be dissatisfied with the state of things in the U.S. A new Gallup poll released today shows that only 23% of U.S. adults say they are satisfied with “the way things are going” in their country. This result, which was found during an …

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A Fairly Ridiculous Amount of People Still Own VCRs

The list of “things that killed the VCR” is pretty lengthy – I mean, just start naming semi-recent technological advancements in the way human beings consume TV and movies and you have your list right there. Digital cable, DVDs, Netflix, DVR – the VCR, though perfectly useful in its time, is simply a relic of the past. Right? Well, not …

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U.S. is Experiencing an Average Flu Season

The weather is cold across much of the U.S. and the flu season is now nearing its peak. A new poll out this week from Gallup shows that 2.8% of American adults in December reported being sick with the flu the previous day. This percentage represents a slight uptick from the 2% who said the same thing in November. Despite …

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How Optimistic Are Small Business Owners Going Into 2014?

The rise of the internet has certainly made it easier for small business owners to build and market their livelihoods. However, these opportunities are tempered by the fact that small businesses must work extra hard to stand out in the largest crowd imaginable. Standing out from the crowd online is especially challenging given the quickly-evolving nature of the internet. Though …

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President Obama, Hillary Clinton Most Admired Among Americans

Pope Francis may be Time’s person of the year, but Americans have several other people that they admire more than the Catholic Church’s newest leader. According to a new Gallup poll, Barack Obama is by far the man most admired by Americans. Of those polled, 16% mentioned the President when asked about the people they admire most. Obama has topped …

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Americans More Wary of “Big Government” Than Ever Before

With the U.S. Congress now seemingly more divided than ever, Americans are getting more suspicious of “big government.” A new Gallup Poll conducted in early December has found that record numbers of Americans now view big government as a bigger threat than either “big business” or “big labor.” A full 72% of U.S. adults polled believe big government is the …

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Nurses Top 2013 Gallup Honesty and Ethics Poll

Americans this year rated Nurses as the most honest and ethical profession. A new Gallup poll released today shows that 82% of U.S. adults rate the honesty and ethical standards of nurses as either “high” or “very high.” The nursing profession has topped Gallup’s honesty and ethics profession ratings since the firm began polling Americans about it in 1999, with …

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Obamacare Disapproval Drops as Website Improves

House Republicans’ government shutdown in October did no favors for a congress that hit new lows in approval this year. However, the botched rollout of the Healthcare.gov website also shifted Americans’ opinions against the very law that Republicans were protesting against. Now that the Healthcare.gov website is finally moving toward functionality it appears Americans are softening their opinions of the …

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Majority of Americans Now View Tea Party Unfavorably

For around four years now, the Tea Party movement has had a significant effect on U.S. politics. Candidates from the conservative movement have challenged incumbent Republican legislators, and have in some cases won. This has put pressure on the Republican party to double-down on some of its most conservative positions with a no-compromise attitude. Though the Tea Party movement remains …

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Congressional Approval Dropped to a New Low in 2013

Though it seems as though congress has always had low approval ratings, Americans’ views of the legislative branch actually increased throughout the 90s. According to Gallup‘s yearly congressional approval ratings, however, that goodwill took a nosedive after peaking at 56% approval in 2011. This year congressional approval ratings have hit the lowest point ever recorded by Gallup since the company …

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Over One Quarter of U.S. Uninsured Don’t Plan on Purchasing Health Insurance

With the Healthcare.gov website slowly crawling toward full functionality, uninsured Americans are now faced with a choice. The Affordable Care Act (ACA, colloquially known as Obamacare) mandates that all Americans purchase health insurance while providing subsidized plans for those who cannot afford it. Those who still don’t want to purchase health insurance, however, will have to pay a fine. A …

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40% of Americans Have Engaged in ‘Showrooming’

The rise of online retail has certainly forced physical retailers to both rethink their business models and compete with companies that do not have to deal with store overhead. In addition to competing on convenience and price, physical retailers are susceptible to the phenomenon of ‘showrooming’ – the consumer practice of using retail stores as showrooms for products they intend …

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Congressional Approval Hits Lowest Point Ever

It’s been something of a truism and a joke in recent years that Americans hate congress but love their individual congresspersons. Now, even that sentiment could be changing as congressional approval in the U.S. has hit rock-bottom. Gallup today released the results of a survey last week showing that only 9% of Americans approve of the way the U.S. congress …

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Less Than 25% of Americans Prefer a Female Boss

Gallup today released information from its annual “Work and Education” survey showing that Americans still prefer to have a male boss. The pollster’s results show that 35% of Americans in 2013 prefer to work for a man, while only 23% would prefer to have a female boss. That is the highest proportion of Americans that would prefer a female boss …

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Americans’ Economic Confidence Dropped Sharply in October

Though Americans seem to be slowly gaining the confidence to spend more of their money, those same Americans are increasingly pessimistic about the U.S. economy. Gallup today released the results of its daily tracing poll for the month of October, showing that the pollster’s economic confidence index now sits at -35. This is down from -19 at the end of …

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Internet Is the Main Source of News for 21% of Americans

Just over one-fifth of American adults now rely on the Internet as their main source of news about current events. That’s according to a new poll from Gallup. 21% of those polled answered the question “what would you say is your main source of news about current events in the U.S. and around the world” with the internet. 18% of …

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