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Americans Serving Their Communities Gain Well-Being Edge

September 2, 2014 Comments off

Americans Serving Their Communities Gain Well-Being Edge
Source: Gallup

Americans who actively work to better their communities have higher overall well-being than those who do not. U.S. adults who agree that they have received recognition for helping to improve their communities in the last year have an average Well-Being Index score of 70.0, while those who disagree have an average of 58.5. Importantly, this relationship between well-being and receiving recognition for community involvement persists even after controlling for the effects of age and income — two factors that are related to higher community well-being.

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Forty-Five Percent of Americans Seek Out Organic Foods

August 18, 2014 Comments off

Forty-Five Percent of Americans Seek Out Organic Foods
Source: Gallup

A little less than half of Americans, 45%, actively try to include organic foods in their diets, while 15% actively avoid them. More than a third, 38%, say they “don’t think either way” about organic foods.

Arkansas, Kentucky Report Sharpest Drops in Uninsured Rate; Medicaid expansion, state exchanges linked to faster reduction in uninsured rate

August 13, 2014 Comments off

Arkansas, Kentucky Report Sharpest Drops in Uninsured Rate; Medicaid expansion, state exchanges linked to faster reduction in uninsured rate
Source: Gallup

Arkansas and Kentucky lead all other states in the sharpest reductions in their uninsured rate among adult residents since the healthcare law’s requirement to have insurance took effect at the beginning of the year. Delaware, Washington, and Colorado round out the top five. All 10 states that report the largest declines in uninsured rates expanded Medicaid and established a state-based marketplace exchange or state-federal partnership.

In U.S., Veterans Report Less Stress, Worry Than Civilians

July 4, 2014 Comments off

In U.S., Veterans Report Less Stress, Worry Than Civilians
Source: Gallup

Americans may understandably believe that the nation’s veterans are suffering emotionally given news reports of high levels of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mood or anxiety disorders among those who have served in the military. However, Gallup finds that among employed Americans, active-duty and veteran populations are more emotionally resilient than their civilian counterparts.

Americans Say Social Media Have Little Sway on Purchases

June 25, 2014 Comments off

Americans Say Social Media Have Little Sway on Purchases
Source: Gallup

A clear majority of Americans say social media have no effect at all on their purchasing decisions. Although many companies run aggressive marketing campaigns on social media, 62% in the U.S. say Facebook and Twitter, among other sites, do not have any influence on their decisions to purchase products.

Despite tremendous numbers of Americans using social media institutions such as Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter, only 5% say social media have “a great deal of influence” on their purchasing decisions, while another 30% say these channels have “some influence.” These data, from Gallup’s new State of the American Consumer report, are based on Americans’ self-reported estimates of how much social media campaigns affect their purchasing decisions. While social media may have more influence than some Americans realize or will admit, these data show that relatively few consumers consciously take into account what they learn from social media when making purchases.

Public Faith in Congress Falls Again, Hits Historic Low

June 23, 2014 Comments off

Public Faith in Congress Falls Again, Hits Historic Low
Source: Gallup

Americans’ confidence in Congress has sunk to a new low. Seven percent of Americans say they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress as an American institution, down from the previous low of 10% in 2013. This confidence is starkly different from the 42% in 1973, the first year Gallup began asking the question.

Few Consumers Trust Companies to Keep Online Info Safe

June 20, 2014 Comments off

Few Consumers Trust Companies to Keep Online Info Safe
Source: Gallup

Recent incidents such as Target’s security breach, the Heartbleed bug, and eBay’s systems hack have called attention to how much consumers trust the businesses they patronize to keep their personal information safe. That trust currently appears to be hard to come by. Just 21% of Americans have “a lot of trust” in the businesses or companies they regularly interact with to keep their personal information secure.

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