Seventy-two percent of Americans say moral values in the U.S. are getting worse, while 44% rate the state of moral values as "poor" -- similar to last year. Republicans hold more negative views of morals than Democrats do.
More than half of retirees above the median U.S. income cite pensions as a major source of funding, double the percentage for lower-income retirees. Seven in 10 lower-income retirees cite Social Security as a major source of funds.
The Gallup Economic Confidence Index was -5 last week -- the highest weekly average since Gallup began Daily tracking in 2008. For the first time since then, more Americans now say the economy is "getting better" than "getting worse."
Americans' views toward a number of moral issues have shifted significantly since 2001. But their acceptance of gay and lesbian relations has increased the most, up 19 percentage points in the past 12 years.
Wealthier not-yet-retired Americans mostly expect investments and pension plans to fund their retirement. The less wealthy plan to rely on Social Security and part-time work. Most young adults don't expect to rely on Social Security.
Americans' life ratings were better in April than in any month since August of last year. Americans' life ratings have steadily improved each month since November, when they sank to their lowest level in more than a year.
The federal poverty threshold for a family of four is just under $24,000; however, Americans believe such a family unit living in their community needs more than double that -- $58,000 -- just to "get by."
Slim majorities of Americans are closely following the situations involving the IRS (54%) and the congressional hearings on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya (53%), although most say both should be investigated.
Americans increasingly believe being gay or lesbian is an orientation individuals are born with (47%) rather than due to external factors such as upbringing or environment (33%). As recently as two years ago, the public was divided.
The average age at which current U.S. retirees say they actually retired is now 61, up from 59 a decade ago and 57 in the early 1990s. Conversely, 37% of nonretirees expect to retire after age 65, up from 14% in 1995.
More migrants are moving within countries than between countries. Eight percent of the world's adults -- roughly 381 million adults -- have moved from one city or area in their country to another in the past five years.
About half of U.S. adults, 51%, believe most Americans are "pro-choice" on abortion; 35% say "pro-life." The perception that the pro-choice viewpoint prevails contrasts with the nearly even division of Americans' actual abortion views.
Americans' satisfaction with the way things are going in the U.S. is at 24% in May, down from 30% in April and near the 25% average for the first five months of 2013. Democrats' satisfaction is down the most in May.
Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index fell slightly to -11 after tying the five-year high of -8 the prior week and improving for three straight weeks. Still, the current reading is one of the highest weekly scores of the year.
The percentage of Americans who say they are spending less money than usual continues to drift downward, now at 41%, compared with at least 50% in 2009 and 2010. Twenty-six percent now say they are spending more and 32% the same.
Fifty-three percent of Americans favor legal same-sex marriage, unchanged from last November and the third consecutive reading of 50% or higher. At the same time, Americans believe the U.S. public opposes gay marriage.
In 31 of the 134 countries Gallup surveyed in 2012, less than half of residents feel safe walking in their neighborhoods at night -- a finding that has important implications for prosperity and wellbeing in these nations.