Same-sex spouses are paying as much as $6,000 a year in extra taxes because the federal government doesn't recognize gay marriage, according to an analysis conducted for CNNMoney by tax specialists.
The United States is an exceptional country. On this, almost all U.S. politicians agree. And millions of Americans, do too, according to recent polls.
Onerous government regulations are either strangling the U.S. economy and killing job creation ... or they're not.
If polls were right early in the 2008 primaries, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani would have sailed on to become the Republican nominee for president.
The e-mail messages began filling astrologer Shelley Ackerman's inbox as soon as the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported the zodiac chart is off by about a month.
When you ask children what they want to be when they are older, how many of them say they want to be a manager? I've certainly never met one who had such aspirations. In part this is because management is a pretty amorphous concept to a ten-year-old. But it's also because we adults aren't exactly singing the praises of the management profession either.
More workers are satisfied with their pay, most likely because they feel lucky to have a job at all, according to Gallup poll results.
After an Independence Day holiday weekend, it's time to focus on another declaration of independence that is gaining converts across the country. Independent voters are the largest and fastest-growing segment of the electorate.
A 400-year-old tradition is facing some new challenges this year at this week's annual running of the bulls in Spain.
Now that Spirit Airlines has done the unthinkable, announcing plans to begin charging for carry-on bags this summer -- that's right, carry-on bags -- the question everyone seems to be asking is: What's next?
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta answers viewer questions on health care reform.
Feeling nickel-and-dimed, frisked and scanned, crowded and hustled just to get from point A to point B, air travelers seem to be reaching new levels of frustration and unhappiness.
Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" on November 24, 1859. All 1,250 copies of the initial print run of the book were scooped up by readers eager to see the British naturalist going rogue with his radical new theory of evolution, "By Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life," in the book's full title.
The 1994 elections were approaching, and House Republicans were on a mission to take control of their chamber for the first time in nearly 50 years.
Much has been said and written about the decline and fall of the Republican Party. That is unsurprising, given the last two elections, when Republicans got their heads handed to them.
The Republican Party is in need of a leader and boost in its self-esteem, a new poll suggests.
As President Obama marks his 100th day in office, most recent national polls indicate that more than six in 10 Americans approve of the job he's doing as president.
Nearly two out of three Americans approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, according to an average of the most recent national polls.
Two new national polls suggest that support for an $800 billion stimulus plan to pump up the economy has slipped since mid-January, but may have stabilized in the past week.
Many parents and students are making the mistake of paying for higher education with the help of credit cards
A gathering of Presidents and prime ministers looked impressive. But the unspoken question was whether this forum would lead to real change
When French president Nicolas Sarkozy said this week that France's social system "discourages work" and flagged some far reaching labor reforms, the cries of "Mon dieu" could be heard far and wide. Could this be the end of pretending to work?
We've all worked with them - self-proclaimed "smokers" who mysteriously disappear for longer (and more often) than their designated 15-minute breaks.
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New York Sen. Hillary Clinton has notably widened her lead over her closest competitor in the 2008 Democratic presidential race, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, according to a new national USA Today/Gallup Poll released Monday night.
The Dow pops into uncharted 14,000-point territory. An economy pummeled by the 9/11 terrorist attacks has grown for 22 quarters straight. Unemployment stands at 4.5 percent - lower than any average decade from the 1960s through the 1990s. And Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson declares: "This is far and away the strongest global economy I've seen in my business lifetime."
President Bush isn't the only lame duck in our nation's capital. All 435 congressmen are up for re-election next year, and so are 34 of our senators. That's a total of 469 lame ducks, the way I see it.
No CEO dares say it, yet it must be said: The shaming is over. The 5 1/2-year humiliation of American business following the tech bubble's burst and the Lay-Skilling-Fastow-Ebbers-Kozlowski-Scrushy...
Some candidates seem to be getting what the first President Bush once called "the Big Mo'' in the 2008 presidential race: momentum.
Americans are getting frustrated over the Iraq war -- and not just with the Bush administration.
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If the recent plunge in gas prices is the result of a conspiracy by President George W. Bush to help the Republicans retain control of Congress, as 42 percent of Americans believe, according to one...
President Bush's approval ratings have sunk to a personal low, with only a third of Americans saying they approve of the way he is handling his job, a national poll released Monday said.
Although Americans don't believe the country faces an imminent energy crisis, most believe there are "major problems" --- from potential oil shortages to possible terrorist attacks -- and they are harshly critical of the leadership on the issue from the White House, according to a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.
Growing dissatisfaction with the war in Iraq has driven President Bush's approval rating to a new low of 36 percent, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday.
By a large number, most Americans lack faith in the ability of Democrats or Republicans to solve the nation's problems, a CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll released Wednesday indicates.
About a fifth of Americans think federal agents have listened in on their phone calls, a CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll released Tuesday suggests.
The economy slowed sharply at the end of 2005 but forecasters are split as to whether the slowdown will continue through 2006, according to a report published Tuesday.
Americans overwhelmingly lack confidence that Iraq will have a stable government in place within the next year, and more than half say that the war has not been worth its cost, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Wednesday.
Far more Americans think highly of first lady Laura Bush than they think of her husband, a poll released Thursday said.
times--no, make that 10--visited with a co-worker, gone back over my notes. Three hours and 45 minutes to go. ...
Roughly two-thirds of the people questioned in a recent poll on abortion supported parental and spousal notification but opposed a constitutional amendment to ban the practice altogether.
This article is due in four hours and, frankly, I'm beginning to panic. The research is finished. I just have to write now. So far, unfortunately, I've done everything but: checked my e-mail nine t...
22% Percentage of Americans who say they would continue working at their current job even if they won $10 million in a lottery[*]
President Bush's vow to rebuild the Gulf Coast did little to help his standing with the public, only 40 percent of whom now approve of his performance in office, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday.
Four out of five Americans believe Hurricane Katrina will hurt their family's financial situation, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.
President Bush's approval rating has dipped to the lowest of his presidency at 44 percent, a full 5 percentage points lower than a week ago, according to a Gallup poll released Friday.
As NASA puts the finishing touches on space shuttle Discovery in preparation for launch, veteran astronaut John "Danny" Olivas sat down with CNN.com's Geneen Pipher to discuss the mission, the future of the American space program and how exploration benefits mankind.
A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll of Americans who watched President Bush's Iraq speech Tuesday night showed that 46 percent had a "very positive" reaction to what they heard.
The number of Americans disapproving of President Bush's job performance has risen to the highest level of his presidency, according to the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday.
Nearly six in 10 Americans oppose the war in Iraq and a growing number of them are dissatisfied with the war on terrorism, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday.
Millions of American motorists will hit the roads this Memorial Day weekend regardless of the high gas prices, according to AAA, the automobile association.
A recent poll indicated that more than three-quarters of Americans blamed oil companies and the countries that produce oil for high gasoline prices in the United States.
Nearly three-quarters of American Catholics say they are more likely to follow their own conscience on "difficult moral questions," rather than the teachings of Pope Benedict XVI, according to a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll.
The nation's major airlines are meeting Americans' demands, according to a recent CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. But the baggage their fellow passengers bring with them qualifies as a major problem.
Gas prices are causing financial hardship for a majority of Americans, according to a poll released Monday.
An overwhelming majority of Americans surveyed have a favorable opinion of Pope John Paul II, according to a phone poll conducted one month ago.
Though use of the Internet has become pervasive among Americans, a poll released Thursday finds that few computer users are tuned in to the blog phenomenon.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the war on terrorism, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Tuesday.
A slim majority of people responding to a poll taken last month said it would be OK to consider a Supreme Court nominee's position on certain social "hot-button" issues, if the nominee were qualified and had no ethical problems.
Wealthier Americans should take the hit to bolster Social Security, according to a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll conducted over the weekend and released Tuesday.
Americans think the wealthy should help bolster Social Security, a CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll released Tuesday suggests.
Americans are nearly evenly split over whether the United States erred in sending troops to Iraq, with an increasing percentage saying they believe it was a mistake, a national survey said Monday.
Almost three-quarters of Americans surveyed in a poll released Thursday have prayed for victims of the southern Asia tsunamis, but when it comes to cash donations, only 45 percent have pulled out their wallets.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - As the polarized and contentious debate over Social Security gets underway, a new poll shows Americans are divided on the issue of partially privatizing the system.
The situation in Iraq was at the top of a list of 18 issues that concern Americans, with 90 percent of respondents to a national poll released Monday describing it as "extremely important" or "very important," up from 81 percent a year ago.
Likely voters surveyed in six major showdown states indicated that they are almost evenly split in their support for President Bush and Democratic Sen. John Kerry, according a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Sunday.
President Bush and Sen. Kerry have less than two weeks to try to sway the remaining undecided voters before the November presidential election. It's hard to imagine there are still undecided voters after months of nonstop campaigning and three so-called debates, especially when the pundits claim the American public is more polarized than at any point in recent history.
President Bush and Sen. John Kerry sparred Monday over who would best protect the United States from terrorism as voters began casting early ballots in Florida, Texas, Colorado and Arkansas.
SINCE PETROLEUM BECAME A combustible political issue with the OPEC embargo of 1973, how many incumbent-party presidential candidates have won in the wake of a major oil-price run-up during their pa...
At the same time financial changes have been altering the face of retirement planning, the way we think about retirement has also undergone a dramatic shift. And to make realistic financial decisions about the future, you've got to take these lifestyle, or demographic, changes into account as well.
Two new national polls are giving widely divergent views as to whether President Bush's post-convention bounce has solidified or evaporated.
The race between Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry and President Bush is too close to call in the battleground state of Michigan, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Tuesday evening.
Gas prices may have eased just in time to save back-to-school buying, which for many retailers is seen as the second-most important sales period after the holiday shopping season, according to a Gallup poll revealed Thursday.
Americans are more optimistic about the nation's economy and less dissatisfied about the overall direction of the country, but their improved mood has not affected President Bush's approval ratings, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.
John Kerry takes the high road this week with a series of speeches and town hall meetings on rising health care costs, starting today in Pennsylvania. His campaign, meanwhile, is going for the jugular on Iraq.
A Gallup Poll released Friday shows Americans almost evenly split on the question of whether it was worth going to war in Iraq, with a majority feeling the situation there is going badly.
A new Gallup poll out this morning shows Americans' approval of President Bush's handling of a wide range of issues at the lowest point of his presidency. But that's not enough to break the deadlock in the presidential race.
The American public has more confidence in Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan when it comes to handling of the economy than in President Bush or his apparent Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry, according to a new poll.
A CNN/Gallup poll last week found that a majority of the American people -- 53% -- believe that George W. Bush has misled the public for political reasons. The same poll found that 57% believe that John Kerry has changed his mind on issues for political reasons.
February may have been a cold wintry month in parts of the United States but apparently that hasn't stopped us consumers from shopping, and even from feeling a bit better about the economy perhaps.
Buoyed by a rise in the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll two days before the New Hampshire primary, Sen. Joe Lieberman said Sunday his campaign is gaining support, especially from independents, that will propel him to victory nationwide.
Two-thirds of Americans think President Bush has the right personal qualities for the presidency, yet nearly half or more think the Democratic Party would do a better job on major domestic issues, according to a new poll.
Will American voters' unhappiness about corporate corruption, the stock market, and the economy lead to big Democratic gains in the November midterm elections? Don't bet on it.
To the extent we believe anything about politics, it's this: The economy has an overwhelming influence on voters' choices. James Carville summed it up in 1992 with the phrase "It's the economy, stu...
The Chinese market has been an elusive one, particularly for Westerners. Much of the frustration stems from the lack of information: Reliable facts about China and about how its people live have be...
"As we prepare for Y2K," writes Eric Utne, in a recent supplement to his touchy-feely Utne Reader, "something surprising and unexpected and quite wonderful is going to happen. We're going to get to...
More than 16% of all homeowners have home-equity loans, according to a recent Bank Advertising News/Gallup poll. That's no surprise. Borrowing against the equity in your home is a smart way to rais...
Given the economy's state, does George Bush stand a chance? He is much further behind Clinton in the polls than he was at this stage against Dukakis in 1988 (see chart). In a Gallup poll at the beg...
To find out which factors Americans feel are vital to a superior standard of living, we began by consulting three surveys that asked Americans to identify the key components of the ''good life.'' T...
Whoever said that youth is wasted on the young hasn't been hanging out with people in their twenties lately. Jobs are scarce; two-thirds of the undergraduate class of '91 left campus without full-t...
Good-bye, subterranean homesick blues. A nationwide poll of 300 MONEY subscribers conducted by the Gallup Organization in March shows that people have become far more upbeat about the path of home ...
The market forces now working for the home buyer are motivating home renovators as well. They too see low borrowing rates, soft prices and builders willing to make concessions. With new-home starts...
Unemployment up, GNP down, incomes stagnating -- the steady drumroll of downbeat recession news is supposed to have depressed almost everyone's spirits. Don't believe it. According to MONEY's lates...
From sea to shining sea and from poll to irate poll, Americans are confronting that old tormentor, high taxes. What fans them to a white-hot fury this year is the growing recognition that their tax...
Oh, my. Accusations by some readers flew in response to our October story ''America's Best (and Worst) Lawmakers.'' Mostly, we were accused -- falsely -- of having a liberal Democratic bias. In fac...
Pessimism about the economy is hardly confined these days to the ranks of professional economists. A sense of dark expectation prevails as well among many middle-class Americans -- and that, as muc...
A Gallup poll of 300 subscribers (error margin: plus or minus six percentage points) found that 63% travel on the job. Of those, 37% have taken between six and 50 business trips since 1988; 7% logg...
A growing number of execs are packing up the kids as well as their carry-ons before hitting the road. Nearly one in seven business trips now includes children, according to the US Travel Data Cente...