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  • Americans Don’t See More Taxes As Solution to Homelessness

    Seattle City Council has drawn national attention with its passage of an annual $275-per-person “head tax” on employees at companies earning $20 million or more a year. The money is intended for the city’s growing homelessness problem, but few Americans see more government spending as the solution.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 86% of American Adults consider homelessness a serious problem in America, with 48% who describe it as Very Serious. Just 11% say homelessness is a not very or Not At All Serious problem. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

     

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on May 16-17, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Consumer Spending Update: Consumer Confidence Back On Path of Growth?

    With the Dow Jones Industrial Average still more than 20% higher than during President Obama’s last full-month in office and last week’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing the unemployment rate dipping below four percent (4%) for the first time since December 2000, Americans seem to have let go of March’s rocky month on the stock market and are again thinking more positively about the economic outlook.

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    The survey of 1,500 American Adults was conducted on May 1-2, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Fewer Than Ever Now Know Someone Out of Work

    The number of Americans who know someone who is looking for work or has given up the search has hit its lowest level yet, while confidence in the job market remains near record highs.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 46% of American Adults know someone who is out of work and looking for a job, down from the previous low of 53% in November and the lowest in regular surveying since early 2010. This number peaked at 82% in December 2011. Another 47% now say they do not know anyone out of work and looking for a job, up seven points from November’s previous high. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on May 6-7, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology

  • Americans See Climbing Gas Prices

    Gas prices are starting to surge around the country, and Americans are feeling the pain already.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 64% of American Adults are paying more for a gallon of gas today compared to six months ago, and 74% think it’s likely those prices will continue to climb over the next six months. This includes 44% who think it’s Very Likely they’ll be paying even more for a gallon of gas in six months than they are today. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 22-23, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Half of Americans Hire a Tax Professional

    Nearly half of Americans hired a professional to help them hit today’s Tax Day deadline, and more filed those tax returns electronically than last year.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 48% of American Adults hire a professional to prepare their income taxes. Thirty-nine percent (39%) do their taxes themselves, while eight percent (8%) have someone else in their family take care of it. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 12 & 15, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology

  • 87% Are On Track to File Taxes By Tomorrow’s Deadline

    Americans are closing in on tomorrow's Tax Day deadline at a pace comparable to the last couple years, with one-in-10 waiting to the last minute. 

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 76% of American Adults have already filed their income taxes, up from 52% three weeks ago. Forty-five percent (45%) had already filed by late February,  with 42% more who planned to file by the April 18 deadline. 

    Eleven percent (11%) haven't filed yet but still plan to meet tomorrow's deadline. Five percent (5%) say they'll get an extension. Seven percent (7%) remain undecided even at this late date. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 12 & 15, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology

  • Most Americans Support Equal Pay for Men and Women

    A recent court ruling found that employers can't pay women less than men just because they had a lower salary at a prior company. Most Americans support equal pay for men and women, but they’re not convinced that discrimination is the sole reason for wage disparities.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 67% of American Adults favor a California law that mandates equal pay for men and women if they do “substantially similar work” for a company even if they have different job titles or work at different locations. Twenty-one percent (21%) oppose an equal pay requirement, while 11% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 10-11, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Americans Say Employers, Not Government, Should Set Salaries

    Some states are attempting to tackle income inequality at the state level, but when it comes to salaries, Americans think decisions should stay in the hands of the employer and want to keep employee salaries private.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that most American Adults (74%) think employers should determine what salaries are paid to individual employees, not the government. Just 12% disagree and think the government should make that call, but 14% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 10-11, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Few Think U.S. Has Best Tax System in the World

    As Tax Day draws near, Americans are feeling better about the U.S. tax system than they have in the past, but half still believe they’re paying more than their fair share of taxes.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 18% of American Adults think the United States has the best tax system in the world, though that’s more than double the eight percent (8%) who said the same two years ago and the highest finding since 2010. Since 2013, the number that felt the U.S. tax system was best never broke double-digits. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 8-9, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Americans Work A Lot, But They Like It

    Employed Americans work long hours, but most enjoy their workday.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 55% of Working Americans work more than 40 hours per week, including 27% who work more than 50 hours. Thirty percent (30%) work 40 hours or less, including 12% who only work 20-30 hours a week and eight percent (8%) who work less than 20 hours a week. Ten percent (10%) of working Americans work between 30 and 40 hours per week. Another 14% are not sure how many hours a week they typically work. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 645 Working Americans was conducted on April 2-3, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.