Less than half of Americans (42%) have confidence in President Barack Obama on the economy -- the lowest figure Gallup has on record for Obama. New lows were also found for Democratic (35%) and Republican leaders in Congress (24%).
Americans now say real estate is the best choice for long-term investments over gold and stocks. Lower-income Americans, however, still favor gold. Younger Americans are divided on what is the best option.
The uninsured rate in states that have chosen to expand Medicaid and set up their own marketplace exchanges based on the 2010 healthcare law has declined by three times as much as the rate in states that have not.
Residents of the McAllen, Texas, area felt the least safe walking alone at night (48.5%), in 2012-2013. Residents of the community were also the least likely to say they did not struggle to pay for housing in the last 12 months (75.5%).
As taxes increase for some Americans, nearly half in the U.S. say middle-income Americans pay too much in taxes, an increase from last year. Meanwhile, 23% say lower-income people pay too little, a near-record high.
A majority of Americans, 52%, say the amount of federal income taxes they have to pay is too high, the highest reading since 2008. Furthermore, the percentage who say their taxes are fair is the lowest since 2001.
Corruption is a major issue in India's ongoing election, with 75% of Indian adults saying it is widespread in their government. This issue crosses generations, indicating India's bulging young population has the same concerns as its elders.
About a third of public school parents (35%) have a positive impression of the Common Core education standards and 28% have a negative impression. Thirty-seven percent have not heard of Common Core or don't know enough to say.
Americans remain more negative than positive toward the Affordable Care Act on various measures, including 43% approval and 54% disapproval of the law itself. A clear majority (64%) say the law has not directly affected them.
Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo., and San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif., residents are most satisfied with their cities, while Rockford, Ill., and Stockton, Calif., residents are least. Those in areas with low satisfaction are less optimistic that the area is improving.