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After hitting a new low in July, President Joe Biden's job approval rating is up six points to 44%, mostly because of independents' higher approval.

A steady 39% of Americans say they have felt the urge to protest, and abortion is currently the top issue motivating them to do so.

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More than six in 10 U.S. adults say the federal government has a responsibility to address the effects of slavery for African Americans, though they are divided on whether the government should issue a formal apology for slavery.

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Americans are more familiar now with Juneteenth, a year after it was made a federal holiday. Fifty-nine percent of U.S. adults say they know "a lot" or "some" about Juneteenth -- up from just 37% in May 2021.

A record-high 50% of Americans say the state of moral values in the U.S. is poor, while 37% think it is fair and 13% excellent or good.

Half of the world's adults (50%) now say their city or area is a "good place" for gay and lesbian people to live -- a figure that has doubled over the past decade and represents a new high in Gallup World Poll's trend dating back to 2005.

Birth control and divorce remain the most morally acceptable of 19 issues measured, and extramarital affairs and cloning humans the most morally wrong.

LGBT identification has increased significantly among Black, White and Hispanic adults in the U.S. since 2012.

A poll conducted mostly after news broke that the Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade finds an uptick in support for abortion being broadly legal.

Seventy-one percent of Americans say they support legal same-sex marriage, a new high in Gallup's trend.

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Two years after George Floyd's murder by Minneapolis police, half of Americans (50%) support "major changes" to policing in the U.S., and another 39% favor "minor changes."

Americans' concern about race relations remained elevated in March, nearly two years after George Floyd's murder.

President Joe Biden's job approval rating is a steady 42%, but his handling of the pandemic (53%) and the situation with Russia (42%) has each risen six points since last month.

The percentage of U.S. adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender has increased to 7.1%. This is driven by high LGBT self-identification, particularly as bisexual, among Generation Z adults.

As the U.S. celebrates Black History Month, satisfaction with the state of race relations and the treatment of minorities is still low. But the ratings are improved slightly, due to higher satisfaction among people of color.

Few Hispanic Americans prefer the term "Latinx" even as controversies have emerged over its use.

Majorities of Americans disapprove of President Joe Biden's handling of his job as president and five other key issues.

Americans' 52% support for stricter gun laws is the lowest since 2014, and the 19% who favor a ban on possession of handguns is the lowest on record.

Women in the U.S. are largely dissatisfied with the treatment of their gender in society and do not think there is gender equality in job opportunities.