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How important are a presidential candidate's moral values?

Feb 23, 2012
Gallup asked Americans whether they value a candidate's moral values over his or her ability to fix the economy.
Posted In: 2012 election

The importance of small business hiring in the U.S.

Feb 16, 2012
Small business owners are slightly more upbeat about the economy than they have been recently, which sounds like good news for the job market, considering small businesses do a majority of the hiring in the country.
Posted In: Jobs, Small Business

What Americans think about President Obama's budget

Feb 16, 2012
Do Americans agree with President Obama's latest budget proposal? Gallup's editor-in-chief Frank Newport explains what Americans want the government to cut and spend more money on.
Posted In: federal budget, obama budget, Barack Obama, budget

Americans worried about home value

Feb 9, 2012
As a potential deal between states and big banks nears over abusive foreclosure practices, we check in with Gallup to see how worried homeowners are about the future.
Posted In: Housing, mortgage, Gallup, homeowner

Economic confidence lags from state to state

Feb 9, 2012
The national mood about the economy is one thing, but what states have the best, and worst, confidence about the direction of the economy?
Posted In: Gallup, consumer confidence, Rhode Island, Jobs

How do Americans feel about the banks?

Feb 9, 2012
Americans' feelings on the foreclosure deal, banks and whether they should worry about the European debt crisis. Gallup's Frank Newport offers up the latest data.
Posted In: foreclosure, Banks, Greece

Attitude Check: Obama's plan to grow jobs in 2012

Feb 2, 2012
Gallup data shows the employment picture is improving slightly, and that many Americans support President Obama's plan to create tax breaks that bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.
Posted In: tax breaks, Unemployment

The government's role in foreclosures

Feb 1, 2012
Should the U.S. government intervene to fix the foreclosure mess? Gallup reveals the results of its latest survey on American opinion.
Posted In: foreclosure, Housing

How Americans would change the tax system

Jan 26, 2012
Taxing the rich has once again become a hot button issue. How do Americans feel about the amount they are handing over to Uncle Sam each year?
Posted In: Taxes, 2012 campaign

Americans' feelings on the tax code

Jan 24, 2012
Should the rich be taxed more? And how much more? Americans offered their latest opinions to Gallup.
Posted In: income tax, Mitt Romney

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About this collection

We live in a petroleum-saturated world. Literally. Despite fears of reserve shortages and declining crude, world oil production has experienced a steady rise in recent years, to the tune of an estimated 72.26 million barrels a day for 2009, up from 65.92 million barrels a day in 1999.

On the one-year anniversary of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, we take a look at the future of crude as we enter an era of "tough oil." This interactive map - and our coverage below - examines how world crude oil production has shifted over the years, particularly from 1960 to 2010, as oil producers search for new locations and methods for extracting oil.