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A weekly podcast with Dr. Frank Newport, Gallup Editor-in-Chief and Author of "Polling Matters: Why Leaders Must Listen to the Wisdom of the People" that ensures the collective wisdom of the people is used in appropriate ways to help leaders and elected representatives make better decisions.

A weekly podcast with Dr. Frank Newport, Gallup Editor-in-Chief and Author of "Polling Matters: Why Leaders Must Listen to the Wisdom of the People" that ensures the collective wisdom of the people is used in appropriate ways to help leaders and elected representatives make better decisions.
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A weekly podcast with Dr. Frank Newport, Gallup Editor-in-Chief and Author of "Polling Matters: Why Leaders Must Listen to the Wisdom of the People" that ensures the collective wisdom of the people is used in appropriate ways to help leaders and elected representatives make better decisions.








Five Key Polling Insights You Shouldn’t Miss

This week, Dr. Frank Newport examines in-depth five key aspects of current American public opinion. What’s behind Donald Trump’s latest job approval ratings? What percentage of Americans are paying attention to his tweets? How should Americans’ feelings about complex foreign policy initiatives be taken into account? How much are Americans’ views of traditional social and sexual norms shifting? And, a look at month-to-month changes in Americans’ views of guns as the nation’s top problem.


Billions of People Globally Are Looking for Good Jobs

What the whole world wants is a good job, but how do you measure what a good job is? Gallup World Poll Editor Julie Ray explores the latest findings from the 2018 Global Great Jobs Briefing. What regions of the world have the highest and lowest percentages of adults with good jobs? And what is a great job? Later, do Americans view their personal financial health through a political lens?


Everything You Need to Know About Trump’s Approval Rating

Gallup’s presidential job approval rating is an enduring staple of political assessment. Where does President Donald Trump’s approval rating stand after five quarters in office? How does partisanship affect Americans’ views of the president’s performance? And how do his job approval ratings compare with previous presidents? Gallup Senior Editor Jeff Jones breaks down the Gallup trend spanning many decades. Later, find out what percentage of Americans have money in the stock market. Is this...


How Many People Globally Lack Access to Financial Services?

How many adults worldwide don’t have access to basic financial services? And why does financial inclusion matter? The World Bank’s Global Findex report answers these questions and more using Gallup World Poll data. Joe Daly, Gallup partner and manager of the worldwide project, explains the new report’s findings and where disparities in financial inclusion still exist. Later, the recently passed tax reform law will have an impact on many Americans’ taxes -- but most adults are unclear about...


Climate Change Polarizes U.S. -- What Should Leaders Do?

Americans’ views on climate change are highly polarized, raising the issue of how leaders should address the divisive topic. In this episode, Alice C. Hill, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and former special assistant to President Barack Obama, shares her perspective on how government efforts to build resilience to catastrophic events can navigate a path forward in the context of divided public opinion. Later, find out the percentage of Americans who believe the federal...


Why Is Climate Change So Politically Polarizing?

One of the starkest displays of political polarization in the U.S. is on the subject of climate change. But it wasn’t always this way. Gallup’s tracking on the issue reveals periods in the 1990s when Democrats’ and Republicans’ views on the topic were not so different. So, how did the polarization come about? Dr. Riley Dunlap, Regents Professor of sociology and Dresser Professor Emeritus at Oklahoma State University, breaks down the political trend on climate change and discusses the...


Preventing School Shootings -- Which Proposals Do Americans Favor?

As elected officials work to address school shootings in the U.S. after the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, some proposals to solve the problem are more popular than others. Which tactics receive nearly unanimous support from Americans and which show divisions along party lines? Later, find out what percentage of Americans say this past winter was warmer than in previous years.


Do College Students Value Free Speech?

As heated debates over free speech and diversity dominate headlines and roil campuses across the country, many are left wondering how college students view the First Amendment. Sam Gill of the Knight Foundation returns to discuss new findings from a study on students’ views of free speech on campus and online. Later, find out if Americans now view President Donald Trump’s tax law more favorably.


What Americans Think of Other Countries -- and Vice Versa

Americans have high opinions of certain countries whose citizens, in turn, have low approval of U.S. leadership. These lopsided sentiments have become more pronounced amid major declines in approval of U.S. leadership in 2017. In what countries is the discrepancy greatest? Later, find out Americans’ true feelings on trade -- is it more an opportunity for U.S. exports or a threat because of imports?


Self-Driving Cars Are Coming, but Are Americans Ready?

A Northeastern University and Gallup study finds that the majority of Americans say they are unlikely to use and would not feel comfortable in a self-driving car. In this episode, we talk with Americans from across the country, who express both optimism and reservations about the new technology. What would they like leaders to consider as they create regulations for it? Later, New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul describes her experience riding in an autonomous vehicle in Manhattan and...


Americans’ Views on Guns, the Military and the Middle East

Find out where Americans stand on the major issues of the day. Are Americans satisfied with the direction of the U.S.? Do they favor stricter gun laws? Do they want a bigger military budget? Who do they side with on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Who do Americans think did the best job as president? Tune in to learn the answers to these questions and more.


The Worst Well-Being Year on Record for the U.S.

Americans’ well-being took a big hit nationally in 2017, according to the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, which recorded declines in 21 states. Why did well-being drop, and where were the declines most pronounced? Later, find out what percentage of Americans say that the person occupying the presidency affects their personal happiness.


Is Higher Education Ready for the AI Revolution?

Developments in artificial intelligence will continue to disrupt our work and lives. How can higher education prepare Americans for the coming threat of AI taking their jobs? Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun joins us to discuss a new report on AI’s effects and higher education’s response. Later, we reveal the percentage of Americans who rate the FBI’s performance positively.


State of the Union: What the People Are Saying

As President Donald Trump prepares to make his first formal State of the Union address, what are Americans thinking? How do people feel he has performed so far as president, and what do they hope to hear him say about the future? On this special episode, we ask them. Later, we report on the aspects of the state of the union with which Americans are most and least satisfied.


What the World Thinks of U.S. Leadership Under Trump

Global approval of U.S. leadership fell to a record low during Donald Trump’s first year in office. In fact, Germany’s leadership approval now leads U.S. leadership approval worldwide. Jon Clifton, Global Managing Partner at Gallup, discusses these important trends, as well as other key findings based on how 134 countries and areas rate U.S. leadership. Later, we reveal the percentage of Americans who say they cannot name an objective news source.


How Much Confidence Do Americans Have in the Media?

Sam Gill, a vice president at the Knight Foundation, joins us to discuss a major new report on the public’s eroding trust in U.S. media; the challenges facing the journalism industry in fulfilling its democratic responsibilities; and how party polarization plays a major role in Americans’ views of the media. Later, we update the percentage of Democrats who identify as liberals and discuss how it has changed since 2001.


What Americans Think About Trump's First Year

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called 2017 one of the most successful first years in presidential history -- but what do Americans think? Gallup Senior Editor Lydia Saad reviews the year’s presidential approval ratings, as well as other measures of how Americans think the country is doing. Later, we reveal which sports are most popular in the U.S.


What Workers Worldwide Need From Their Bosses

What can leaders do to manage workplaces better? In this episode, Dr. Jim Harter, chief scientist of Gallup’s workplace management practice, talks about the latest Gallup State of the Global Workplace report findings to help answer this question and more -- including what percentage of the global workforce is engaged. Later, we discuss the percentage of Americans who say taxes are the most important problem in the U.S.


Charlie Cook: Trump Job Approval, Tax Reform and the 2018 Elections

Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report, offers his take on the impact that the Alabama special election, Trump’s approval rating, the public’s view of the new tax reform law and other factors will have on the political landscape in 2018. Later, we discuss Hillary Clinton’s favorable rating one year after the 2016 presidential election.


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