Lydia Saad is a Senior Editor at Gallup. She writes extensively about U.S. public opinion for Gallup.com, authoring more than 1,500 news articles since 1992. In her role as Advanced Consultant, she leads the Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor Optimism and Retirement Optimism Index, designing this quarterly public release study and analyzing its results.
U.S. college students, especially those in the East, outpaced the general public in opposing Richard Nixon's policies on the Vietnam War.
Following the 1968 Kerner Commission report on racial tension, Gallup found whites and blacks agreeing on some conclusions and disagreeing on others.
In 2000, half of Americans lacked a cellphone and about half of these said they had no intention of ever getting one.
In 1988, 82% of South Koreans, more than residents of eight other nations, thought the Olympics promote good relations between participant countries.
At the outbreak of World War II, Americans had less than full confidence in the news coming from Europe.
Public support for Nixon's impeachment rose after he fired two attorneys general to ensure the dismissal of the Watergate special prosecutor.
As Congress crafted the 1965 bill that revolutionized U.S. immigration policy and launched "chain migration," Gallup found Americans open to the change.
Across 100 pieces published thus far, the Gallup Vault revisits historical Gallup data that help put the past and present into better perspective.
In 1952, Gallup asked Americans what kind of job or occupation would provide women the best chance of finding a husband. Office jobs came out on top.
Leading up to passage of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, few Americans thought it would improve the economy, cut their taxes or simplify their filing.