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Highs and Lows of 2022, U.S. Edition
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Highs and Lows of 2022, U.S. Edition

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It seems like we’ve been saying this every year since 2020, but this year felt different. From a public opinion standpoint, it’s been one with several important historical highs and lows, as well as other concerning findings on how Americans foresee their future and assess their present condition.

So here it is: our much-anticipated, most momentous shifts in public opinion in the U.S. this year:

  1. Confidence in U.S. Institutions Down; Average at New Low
  2. Record-Low 38% Extremely Proud to Be American
  3. Confidence in U.S. Supreme Court Sinks to Historic Low
  4. Americans Less Optimistic About Next Generation’s Future
  5. Record Low in U.S. Say It Is a Good Time to Buy a House
  6. Same-Sex Marriage Support Inches Up to New High of 71%
  7. Media Confidence Ratings at Record Lows
  8. U.S. Approval of Labor Unions at Highest Point Since 1965
  9. Belief in God in U.S. Dips to 81%, a New Low
  10. Early Voting Higher Than in Past U.S. Midterms

With a couple of exceptions, it hasn’t been a year full of news to particularly celebrate. With the challenges listed above (it wasn’t easy getting it down to just 10), public opinion in America has never been more crucial to study and track.

Whether it’s the ongoing political shifts shattering the status quo, the unique economic challenges around inflation, or souring public sentiment on government and institutions, 2023 promises to be a year full of turning points in public opinion. Our team will be there to tackle them for you.

From all of us at Gallup, thank you for being a Gallup News reader, and Happy New Year!

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Mohamed Younis is Gallup's Editor-in-Chief.

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