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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.








Fact-Checking What You’ve Been Hearing in the News

How do statements made by public officials stack up against public opinion? Sarah Huckabee Sanders says her credibility is higher than the media’s but is that true? Bill Clinton contends that two-thirds of the American people stayed with him after the Monica Lewinsky scandal, but is that exactly what happened? The Department of Justice watchdog report focused on Hillary Clinton’s emails during her 2016 presidential campaign, but how big of a factor were the emails in her loss? And later,...


Inside Americans’ Stubbornly Consistent Views on Abortion

Abortion remains one of the nation’s most contentious policy issues, and Americans’ views on the subject are essentially fixed -- changing little over past decades. Gallup Senior Editor Lydia Saad explores the intricacies of Americans’ views on legal restrictions on abortion, how the trimester timeline changes views on abortion, and how opinions on the subject vary by demographic group. Later, what percentage of Americans say they would like to be rich? And how has this figure changed over...


Should Americans Really Be Worried About Retirement?

Many Americans don’t think about retirement until it looms in their immediate future. So ow confident are Americans that they will have enough money when they retire? And how much are they relying on Social Security and 401(k)s? When is the ideal time to withdraw from Social Security? And what can we do to increase Americans’ financial literacy? Annamaria Lusardi, Denit Trust Chair of Economics & Accountancy at the George Washington University School of Business, joins the podcast to...


The Challenge of Measuring the U.S. LGBT Population

Why is it important that we measure the number of people in the U.S. who identify as LGBT? And what are the challenges involved in measuring this population? Dr. Gary Gates, one of the nation’s most renowned experts on the geography and demography of the LGBT population and coauthor of The Gay & Lesbian Atlas, joins the podcast to explain the significance of these measures and to discuss the changes Gallup has seen over hundreds of thousands of interviews since 2012. Later, Gallup’s Chief...


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.