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.
Before his assassination, RFK was popular and faring well in polls, but he was not a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination or the presidency.
Before he was killed, Martin Luther King Jr. declared the nation "sick," tying this to racism and violence. Nevertheless, 58% of Americans disagreed.
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.