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    Gallup editors' picks for the most significant trends and discoveries in American public opinion in 2017.

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    Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase recently announced their intent to form a new healthcare company. This new provider may shake up a system many Americans are personally satisfied with, but see as troubled.

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    "The State of Opportunity in America" report offers insights on the barriers to success for residents of fragile communities in the U.S.

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    Despite their disproportionate numbers in America's fragile communities, a new study reveals black and Hispanic residents are not without hope.

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    Gallup and Wellcome are working together to ask adults worldwide to share their thoughts about science and other issues relating to health.

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    The percentage of U.S. adults who smoke cigarettes fell to 16% this year, the lowest rate since Gallup first asked this question in 1944.

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    When asked about six tobacco or smoking products, Americans say they use cigarettes most regularly and also consider them most harmful to users. Marijuana, the second most regularly used substance, is viewed as the least harmful.

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    Young Americans are now as likely to vape as to smoke conventional cigarettes, and they perceive vaping as much less harmful.

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    Americans who drink alcohol continue to say they most often choose beer (42%) over wine (34%) and liquor (19%). Beer has recovered from its popularity slump earlier this decade.

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    The majority of Americans say drinking in moderation makes no difference to their health, while 28% say it is bad for it, and 16% say it is good.

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    Less than half of U.S. adults (45%) say they pay attention to restaurants' nutritional information. They are more likely to pay attention to labels on food packages.

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    Five percent of Americans say they are vegetarian and 3% report being vegan, little changed from 2012.

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    Three in 10 Americans say drug abuse has caused trouble in their families, up eight points from 2005. Thirty-seven percent now say the same of drinking.

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    Majorities of Americans actively try to include locally grown foods in their diets, along with vegetables, fruits, poultry and seafood. Soda, sugar and fat are avoided the most of the 15 foods Gallup tested.

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    Most Americans are still going to the store to get their groceries; relatively few are ordering them online or buying meal preparation kits.

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    Americans are split on whether they should skip the salt, sugar and fat in their diet, and opinions vary significantly within some key subgroups.

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    Thirteen percent of U.S. adults "regularly" or "occasionally" use marijuana, but the rate is higher among young adults and Americans living in the West.

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