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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.








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.

Duration: 00:15:49

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 are engaged. Later, we discuss the percentage of Americans who say taxes are the most important problem in the U.S.

Duration: 00:17:37

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.

Duration: 00:18:27

Should the GOP Care That Its Tax Bill Is Unpopular?

As congressional Republicans put the finishing touches on their controversial tax bill, should they consider public opinion? Gallup Senior Scientist Justin Wolfers, a professor of economics and public policy at the University of Michigan, offers an economist’s insight on that question. Wolfers goes on to shed light on many other important issues that arise when a government attempts to cut taxes. Later, we report on what Americans think about President Donald Trump’s position on...

Duration: 00:18:40

Will Colleges Go Bankrupt in the Next 10 Years?

Are colleges and universities in the U.S. in danger of becoming obsolete? Some observers say so. Brandon Busteed, Gallup’s Executive Director of Education and Workforce Development, weighs in with his take. Busteed offers insights for a new era in higher education, in which we could see significant numbers of colleges going out of business or merging in an effort to remain viable. Later, we discuss Americans’ preferences for the gender of their boss and how they those preferences have...

Duration: 00:18:38

What Americans Say Is the Biggest Problem Facing the U.S.

For decades, Gallup has asked Americans what they think is the most important problem facing the nation, and their answers have varied over time. In this episode, Gallup Senior Editor Jeff Jones gives us a rundown of Americans’ views on what the nation’s biggest problems are today. Later, we share the percentage of Americans who plan to do their holiday shopping online.

Duration: 00:17:43

Well-Being: An Urban/Rural Divide and the ‘Trump Effect’

Where in the U.S. is well-being highest? What boosts well-being in communities? And has there been a “Trump effect” on well-being in the U.S.? In this episode, Dan Witters, Research Director of the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, joins us to answer these questions and discuss key trends in Americans’ health and well-being. Later, we reveal the percentage of Americans who say they would feel unsafe walking alone at night.

Duration: 00:17:49

How Widespread Is Sexual Harassment in the U.S.?

In today’s podcast, Gallup Senior Editor Lydia Saad discusses the percentage of Americans who say they have experienced sexual harassment at work.

Duration: 00:14:22

Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Decisions to Go to War

Former Secretary of Defense and U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel offers a unique insight into how military leaders and elected officials use public opinion in their decision-making. Hagel sits down to discuss public opinion on actions against North Korea, confidence in the U.S. military and the proposed ban on transgender people serving in the military.

Duration: 00:27:11

What Citizens’ Happiness Can Tell Us About a Country’s Future

How do we measure happiness? And what can this measure tell world leaders about the citizens they serve? Gallup Managing Partner Jon Clifton drops by to talk about Gallup’s tracking of happiness around the world. He covers which countries are at the top and bottom of the list and how these measures can foreshadow major world events, such as Brexit.

Duration: 00:16:12

Trump’s Strengths as a Leader, According to Americans

Gallup’s Chief Scientist for Workplace Jim Harter, reveals Americans’ assessments of President Donald Trump’s strongest and weakest leadership traits. He then shares how Trump’s perceived leadership qualities stack up against those of America’s CEOs.

Duration: 00:13:26

Do Manufacturing Jobs Have a Future? (And Does It Matter?)

Gallup Senior Economist Jonathan Rothwell debunks common misconceptions about manufacturing jobs in the U.S., and shares results from his new study about manufacturing job loss. He also reveals what factors companies should consider when opening new locations.

Duration: 00:13:41

Presidential Job Approval: Where Trump Stands

Gallup Poll Senior Editor Jeff Jones shares the history of Gallup’s presidential job approval measure, noting the records Trump has set on this metric so far. He also reviews what Trump’s approval rating means for his possible re-election chances and for the GOP in the 2018 midterms.

Duration: 00:15:02

Are Americans Willing to Go to War With North Korea?

Gallup Senior Poll Editor Lydia Saad discusses Gallup’s latest data on how Americans would like to see the conflict with North Korea resolved. She also delves into Americans’ views on how well President Donald Trump is handling the situation.

Duration: 00:08:35

Which Countries Welcome Migrants (and Which Don’t)

What do Iceland and New Zealand have in common? These are the two countries whose citizens are most accepting of migrants. Gallup expert Neli Esipova reveals more from worldwide Gallup surveys showing where the welcome mat is out, and where citizens are the most hostile toward migrants

Duration: 00:15:42

Trump’s War on the Media

Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport reveals why President Donald Trump’s attacks on “fake news” may resonate with Americans. Also, Gallup’s Managing Partner Larry Emond joins us to discuss the difference between satisfied workers and engaged workers -- and why whether someone is a good manager or not is often determined at birth.

Duration: 00:16:34

Race Relations in the U.S.: A Growing Worry

When prompted, Americans increasingly say they worry about race relations in the country, although few name it as the nation’s most important problem. Many are optimistic a solution will be found. This week's episode delves into the issue.

Duration: 00:15:29

Where in the World Do Citizens Feel the Most (and Least) Safe?

Gallup experts reveal the countries where residents feel most and least safe, as well as key factors linked to perceptions of safety. John McCain’s latest favorable rating in the wake of his pivotal vote on the healthcare bill is our “big number of the week.”

Duration: 00:12:54

What Kids Should Do With Their Free Time

Do kids have enough time for free play? Are they spending too much time looking at screens? Gallup experts discuss a new study. Also, find out which U.S. states give Trump his highest and lowest approval ratings, in this week’s “Big Number of the Week” segment. To learn more, view the “Time to Play” report on

Duration: 00:17:27

Change or Fail: Why Today’s Bosses Need to Become Coaches

This week’s episode reveals how organizations can keep up with all of the changes in today’s workplace -- from coaching employees instead of managing them to engaging remote workers. To learn more about these topics, read Gallup’s Re-Engineering Performance Management research paper and State of the American Workplace report.

Duration: 00:17:04

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