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Sixty-two percent of U.S. adults believe a third political party is needed, the highest in Gallup's trend by one percentage point.

A year after the pandemic took hold of the U.S., a majority of Americans say the situation is improving. Half expect the disruption to persist into 2022.

Americans' favorable ratings of China and Russia have reached new lows in 2021.

by Frank Newport

The extreme cold and massive power outages in Texas may lead to shifts in U.S. public opinion on several key issues.

After three months of decline, the percentage of Americans who are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S. has increased to 27%, largely because Democrats are more satisfied.

Although Gallup's Economic Confidence Index remains in negative territory, it rose eight points to -13 in February, largely because of Democrats' increased confidence after Joe Biden's inauguration.

About one in 10 LGBT adults in the U.S. are married to a same-sex spouse, and a slightly smaller proportion have a same-sex domestic partner.

Gallup finds 5.6% of U.S. adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, with the majority of them saying they are bisexual.

Russia's already-stressed economy and institutions are facing more pressure amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thirty-five percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, the highest Gallup has measured since May 2009.

Two-thirds of Americans approve of President Joe Biden's handling of the coronavirus response, while smaller majorities approve of his overall job performance and his handling of the economy and foreign affairs.

Americans' belief that race relations is the top problem facing the country remains higher at the start of 2021 than it was before George Floyd's death and the subsequent protests that galvanized a racial justice movement.

Nearly six in 10 Americans are dissatisfied with U.S. gun laws, marking the ninth consecutive year of majority-level dissatisfaction.

Americans' views of large technology companies have become significantly more negative over the past 18 months, and the public's calls for increased government regulation of these businesses has risen.

Over half of U.S. adults say the disruption will last past mid-2021. But they are more optimistic, with fewer now saying the situation is getting worse.

by Frank Newport

Americans show strong support for more government stimulus spending and do not appear to worry about its impact on the federal budget deficit.

In the U.S., 66% of adults are dissatisfied with how the vaccination process is going.

Americans' opinion of the Republican Party has declined since November, with 37% now viewing it positively, compared with 48% who have a positive opinion of the Democratic Party.