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.
In 1981, Americans rated faithfulness as the top feature of a successful marriage. Political agreement and having the same social background ranked last.
In November 1936, a month before King Edward VIII of England abdicated to marry an American divorcee, a majority of Americans favored the union.
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.