Jim Norman retired from USA TODAY in May 2015 after 28 years as the newspaper's polling editor. For 20 of those years he worked closely with Gallup on the Gallup-CNN-USA Today Poll and the Gallup-USA Today Poll. He now contributes articles to Gallup on a variety of subjects, including U.S. politics and government.
Optimism among U.S. investors rose again in the third quarter after plateauing in the second quarter and is now hitting levels not reached since 2000.
Americans view the banking industry more positively than they have at any time since the 2008 financial crisis, but banking's image no longer rates above the average for U.S. industries.
Majorities of U.S. investors are taking each of eight actions that can contribute to financial health, but they are far more likely to be doing some than others.
U.S. investors are gaining confidence that they will be able to maintain the lifestyle they want throughout their retirement.