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The Gallup Podcast


A podcast with Mohamed Younis, Gallup Editor-in-Chief, on what the world’s citizens think about the most pressing issues, and how leaders can use the wisdom of the people to make more informed decisions.

A podcast with Mohamed Younis, Gallup Editor-in-Chief, on what the world’s citizens think about the most pressing issues, and how leaders can use the wisdom of the people to make more informed decisions.


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A podcast with Mohamed Younis, Gallup Editor-in-Chief, on what the world’s citizens think about the most pressing issues, and how leaders can use the wisdom of the people to make more informed decisions.








What's Driving Declining U.S. Trust in Institutions?

How corrupt is government in the U.S.? Why are Americans so down on their institutions -- and how did we get here? Noah Bookbinder, president of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, joins the podcast to discuss the rise of populism, the role of modern media and more.


What's Driving Record-Low Trust in News Media?

Americans' confidence in media has fallen to record lows. There are critiques aplenty of the media, but what does the conversation about declining trust often miss? And was there really ever a “golden era” of journalism? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Wesley Lowery joins the podcast to discuss.


Dahlia Lithwick on the Supreme Court's Legitimacy Crisis

Confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court is at a record low, but should the court care about its public image? Dahlia Lithwick -- senior legal correspondent at Slate, host of the podcast "Amicus" and author of the upcoming book Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America -- joins the podcast to discuss.


Lebanon's Convergence of Crises

As the two-year anniversary of one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history approaches, how do Lebanese adults feel about their justice system and how this case is being dealt with? “The challenges that Lebanon is facing are more than any one country can handle,” says Kim Ghattas, who joins the podcast to discuss the multiple crises that people in Lebanon are enduring.


The Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Institutions

Public confidence in U.S. institutions is down to a new low in Gallup’s trend spanning more than four decades. Which institutions have lost the most confidence -- and are there others that remain largely trusted by the public? Confidence in institutions is the “glue that keeps society together,” says Gallup senior editor Jeff Jones, who joins the podcast to discuss the latest findings.


What Comes After This 'Pivotal Moment' in U.S. Housing?

Two years of a booming U.S. housing market have brought great wealth to many, while others are now locked out or unsure about their next steps. Are there similarities to the housing bubble of the 2000s -- or are these new, uncharted waters? Dr. Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac, joins the podcast to discuss the factors that led to the current state of the market. He also shares what to watch for in the future and offers advice to prospective homebuyers.


Are U.S. Labor Unions Making a Comeback?

Organized labor in the U.S. is having an “exciting and interesting moment.” How much of a factor has the pandemic played in its resurgence? What factors should employees consider when voting to unionize? And how are companies reacting to labor organization efforts? Dr. Thomas A. Kochan, Post-Tenure George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a faculty member in the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research, and Dr. Harry C. Katz, Jack...


Why Is the World in a Terrible Emotional State?

How is the world feeling? According to Gallup's annual Global Emotions report, people across the world are sadder and more stressed, marking a new high in the Negative Experiences Index. Gallup managing editor for world news Julie Ray joins the podcast to discuss where in the world these negative experiences have increased the most. Later, Dr. Carol Graham -- senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and Gallup senior scientist -- talks about the drivers behind negative emotions and the...


Russia Isn’t Winning in Ukraine, ‘but It’s No Longer Losing’

Is anyone actually winning the war in Ukraine? Are European leaders already positioning themselves for post-conflict relations with Russia? George Friedman, founder of Geopolitical Futures, joins the podcast to discuss China’s and Germany’s positioning throughout the conflict, U.S. standing in NATO and more.


Since SCOTUS Leak, Public Has 'Moved to the Left' on Abortion

Gallup began fielding its poll on abortion last month right as news broke about the leak of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision. It now has data that provide a fresh look at Americans’ views on the issue as the fate of Roe v. Wade hangs in the balance. Lydia Saad, Gallup’s director of U.S. social research, joins the podcast to discuss the latest on public attitudes on abortion, views on its moral acceptability and how important the issue is to Americans’ vote.


Dean Baker on Inflation: How Bad Is It, Really?

Dr. Dean Baker, cofounder and senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, joins the podcast to discuss inflation in the U.S. and what is to come. Is a recession on the horizon? How does he think the Federal Reserve and the White House should address the situation?


How (and How Not) to Recognize Employees

Why is recognition at work so important -- and how does it benefit employees and organizations alike? Isha Vicaria, a social psychologist and people data analyst at Workhuman, joins the podcast to talk about how employers can create a thriving workplace and team environment through recognition.


Many Are Dropping Their Guard (and Their Masks) on COVID

Though COVID-19 cases are on the rise, Americans are less worried than they previously have been. Are we in a new phase of public attitudes about the pandemic? And how is this impacting Americans’ behaviors? Gallup senior editor Megan Brenan joins the podcast to talk about Gallup’s tracking since the pandemic began and where we are now.


Arthur Brooks' 'Happiness 401(k) Plan'

Gallup Senior Scientist Arthur C. Brooks, professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, rejoins the podcast to discuss his latest book, From Strength to Strength. Do ambitious strivers suffer down the line, in terms of their happiness? Is there something we can gain from our moments of suffering -- and what can we learn from our weaknesses? Why do we need friends -- and what is the difference between real friends and “deal friends”? Brooks discusses all of...


Americans' Steady -- and Deeply Divided -- Views on Abortion

Editor's note: We are rereleasing this episode given the news of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Roe v. Wade. This episode features the latest findings relevant to the renewed conversation on abortion. There have been many legal developments on the abortion issue in the U.S. over the past year, but have long-standing divisions in public opinion changed at all? "This is one topic that just hasn't moved as much as almost everything else in the ... landscape of polling that we do," says...


How the World Rates World Leaders

What do the findings of Gallup’s latest Rating World Leaders report tell us about perceptions of world leaders in the run-up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? Have views of U.S. leadership changed since the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan? Julie Ray, Gallup’s managing editor for world news, joins the podcast to break down this year’s findings. Later, Marie Royce -- former assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs -- joins to discuss the impact of U.S. diplomacy...


Putin Didn't Expect a Damaging Economic Attack, NATO Unity

George Friedman, founder of Geopolitical Futures, comes back to offer his latest assessment of the crisis in Ukraine. How have things gone for Russia so far, and what does this next phase of the war look like? Does Vladimir Putin have aims elsewhere on the map?


‘People Want to Work for a Company That Cares About Them’

Jane Miller, president and chief operating officer at Gallup, joins the podcast to talk about why employers should be invested in workers’ wellbeing -- and the unique impact the pandemic has had on female employees. “Wellbeing is a significant component to any strong culture. It’s a foundational element,” Miller says. “It impacts how a person shows up at home, how they show up at work -- and really, it’s about their capacity for what they can accomplish every single day.”


Keeping Children at the Center of Education

“Keeping children at the center of the agenda is a huge lesson that I think anyone who interfaces with education should think about and embrace if they want to see a successful tenure,” says Dr. Meria Carstarphen, Gallup’s new senior scientist. Carstarphen joins the podcast to discuss the changes and challenges in urban education she has seen in her roles as superintendent in public school districts in St. Paul, Austin and, most recently, Atlanta.


The Power of Cooking and Its Impact on Us

What have we learned from a global study of cooking across the world? What do people gain from cooking? Rimpei Iwata, CEO of Cookpad, joins the podcast to discuss the power of cooking a meal.