In the U.S., 68% report paying close attention to the situation in Ukraine, in line with attention paid to other recent international events. Further, 66% say they are worried the situation will lead to U.S. military involvement.
With the 2014 midterms now eight months away, 15% of Americans approve of the overall job Congress is doing. This is slightly better than last month's 12%, but extends a nearly steady string of sub-20% ratings that started in mid-2011.
Twenty-seven percent of Americans say it is now a good time to find a "quality job," up from the low levels between 2009 and 2012, but not nearly as positive as in the years right before the recession.
The U.S. uninsured rate continues to decline in 2014, registering 15.9% so far in 2014 compared with 17.1% in the fourth quarter of 2013. The uninsured rate has dropped most among lower-income and black Americans.
Fifty-five percent of uninsured Americans in February said they plan to get health insurance rather than pay a fine, down modestly from last fall. The majority of those who intend to get insurance plan to use the exchanges.
Twenty-three percent of Americans feel the Affordable Care Act has hurt them or their families -- the highest figure Gallup has recorded for the question. Meanwhile, 10% say it has helped them, and 63% say it has had no effect.
Western-style democracy may not appeal to all Ukrainians, but the majority (74%) interviewed before the protests said democracy is important for development. Few at the time were satisfied with the way it was working in their country.
Fewer Americans reported eating healthily all day "yesterday" in 2013 than in the last five years. Lower-income Americans are more likely to report healthy eating than other income groups, but they eat produce less frequently.
After his first year in office, John Kerry has a 55% favorability rating from the American public. This is his highest rating as secretary of state, but is lower than four of his five predecessors' ratings at similar points in office.
Gallup's U.S. Job Creation Index improved slightly in February to +21 from +19 in January. Government workers report improved hiring conditions at their workplaces, but private-sector workers remain the most positive.