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  • Voter Confidence in Economic Fairness Jumps to New High

    As the unemployment rate drops to its lowest level in 10 years, optimism among voters that the U.S. economy is fair has soared to new highs.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 61% of Likely U.S. Voters think the U.S. economy today, generally speaking, is at least somewhat fair. That’s up from 45% the last time the question was asked in October and is at its highest level since Rasmussen Reports first asked the question in December 2012. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 8 and 11, 2017 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: Is Consumer Confidence Making Another Comeback?

    For the last three months, the overall Consumer Confidence Index has been falling from its three-year high, but June’s four-point jump to 116.7 (the second highest rating in this index’s history) suggests there’s hope on the horizon.

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    The survey of 1,500 American Adults was conducted on June 5-6, 2017 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.

  • Americans Are Closely Conflicted Over Employment Prospects

    The U.S. unemployment rate has fallen to a 10-year low, but Americans remain divided over where that rate is headed from here. With Republicans controlling the White House and Congress, GOP adults are now far more confident that unemployment will be lower in a year’s time, while Democrats are noticeably less cheery.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 26% of American Adults think unemployment will be higher a year from today. Thirty-one percent (31%) believe the unemployment rate will be lower in a year's time, while 34% say the unemployment situation will be about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on May 9-10, 2017 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.

  • Appetite for Spending Cools As Summer Approaches

    Once hot sentiments on the direction of the economy and personal finances following President Trump’s inauguration are now cooling, and so is consumer spending.

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

    The survey of 1,500 American Adults was conducted on May 1-2, 2017 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 Americans Know Someone Out of Work

    While most Americans still say they know someone out of a job, that number has fallen to its lowest level yet, as has the number who know someone who has given up on the job market. But even though the national unemployment rate has fallen to a 10-year low, adults aren’t totally convinced the job market is better than it was a year ago.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of American Adults know someone who is out of work and looking for a job. That’s down from 63% in February 2016  and is the lowest level measured in surveys since March 2010.  This finding reached a high of 82% in December 2011. Forty percent (40%) now say they don’t know someone in this situation, a finding that ran in the teens to mid-20s for years. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on May 9-10, 2017 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.

  • Voters Ready to Check Off ‘Death Tax,’ Many Deductions

    Voters are receptive to President Trump’s proposal to kill the federal “death tax” and to eliminate most income tax deductions in exchange for a higher initial standard deduction.

    Forty-six percent (46%) of Likely U.S. Voters favor the elimination of the so-called “death tax” on the property of those who die. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 32% oppose eliminating the death tax, while a sizable 22% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 27 and 30, 2017 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.

  • Voters Don’t Mind Paying Their Fair Share of Taxes

    Americans are filing their taxes today, and most say they want to pay their fair share. 

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 66% of Likely U.S. Voters describe their attitude toward paying taxes as wanting to pay their fair share. Twenty-nine percent (29%) want to pay as little as possible, while just two percent (2%) say they want to pay however much the government needs. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on April 13 and 16, 2017 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.

  • 89% Plan To Meet April 18 Tax Deadline

    Once again, the overwhelming majority of Americans have filed their income taxes just in the nick of time.

    With the deadline for filing extended until tomorrow, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that nine-out-of-10 American Adults expect to file on time, with 79% who have already filed their taxes and 10% who intend to do so by April 18. Six percent (6%) still plan to get an extension, while another six percent (6%) remain undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 13 and 16, 2017 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.

  • Many Still Question IRS’ Honesty

    Voters’ views of the Internal Revenue Service may be improving, but a plurality are still dubious of the tax-collecting agency’s ability to fairly enforce tax laws. 

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters have at least a somewhat favorable impression of the IRS, but that includes only 10% with a Very Favorable one. Forty-nine percent (49%) view the federal agency unfavorable, with 20% who share a Very Unfavorable view of it. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on April 11-12, 2017 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 Confidence Falls From Record Highs

    Consumers may still be riding the wave of economic enthusiasm since Donald Trump was elected, but that confidence is starting to wane.

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

    The survey of 1,500 American Adults was conducted on April 3-4, 2017 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.