NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller sits down for his weekly conversation with Gallup’s Frank Newport to talk about trends in U.S. opinion.
News stories about terrorism continue to dominate the news this week.
Of those polled, 42 percent of Americans say they are worried about being a victim of terrorism. This is neither the best of times (in 1995 only 14 percent were worried) nor the worst of times (in September, 2011, 58 percent were worried).
Terrorism has actually caused a rise in the percentage of Americans who say they don’t want to attend events where there are thousands of people. But they remain most likely to say that terrorism has made them less likely to want to travel overseas.
Monday, June 26 is the second anniversary of the Obergefell v. Hodges decision in which the Supreme Court ruled that the fundamental right to marry for same sex couples is constitutional. Gallup data show an uptick in the percentage of all Americans approving of same sex marriage, now over six in ten or 64 percent. New analysis of exclusive Gallup data show that the percentage of LGBT Americans who are married to a same sex partner has risen significantly since just before the decision, and is now at 10.2 percent.
Interestingly, the percent of LGBT who are in domestic partnerships with a same sex person has declined significantly. More LGBT say they are single now.
American movie director Oliver Stone’s The Putin Interviews have been showing all week in Russia, and are available in the U.S. on Showtime. If they manage to help rehabilitate Putin’s image in the United States it will take a lot of doing. Gallup’s latest shows Putin’s favorable image at 13 percent and his unfavorable at 74 percent — the latter the highest in Gallup history.