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.
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.
Americans in 1947 broadly supported a U.N. plan to partition the British Mandate for Palestine into two states -- one Arab, one Jewish.
Americans' self-reported daily spending during Thanksgiving week is the highest in Gallup's 10-year trend, though similar to spending in 2016.
FDR's decision to make Thanksgiving a week earlier in 1939 was a public relations turkey, with Republicans and Democrats holding opposing views.
Gallup's November update of Americans' Christmas spending plans finds consumers still poised to splurge, just not quite to the extent seen in October.
Eighty years ago, just over half of Americans thought a girl needed to be 18 to marry, but 22% put the number under 18 and 25% over 18.
During National Epilepsy Awareness Month, the Gallup Vault shows that the American public's views about epilepsy have come a long way.
Gallup editors compile big findings from the 2017 Governance survey, examining how the U.S. is being governed and how it might be improved.
Right at the start, a majority of Americans suspected there was more to John F. Kennedy's assassination than met the eye.
After the worst one-day decline in U.S. history -- "Black Monday" in October 1987 -- Americans were unclear on why the stock market had unraveled.
In 1953, Gallup found 69% of Americans in favor of adding the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance, while 21% were opposed.
Public unease with the pace of racial integration grew after President John F. Kennedy used federal troops to enforce a black man's right to attend Ole Miss.