If it's in the News, it's in our Polls. Public opinion polling since 2003.

 

Category » Lifestyle

MOST RECENT RELEASES

  • After Southwest Incidents, is U.S. Air Travel Still Safe?

    It’s been a rough couple of months for U.S. airlines, particularly Southwest, after a passenger died when one of the plane’s windows broke mid-flight and a similar incident happened again in early May. Nonetheless, Americans still generally believe air travel in this country is safe, though they’re slightly less likely to say it’s safer than in the rest of the world now.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that most American Adults (61%) fly at least once a year, including 34% who fly several times a year or more. Thirty-six percent (36%) rarely or never fly. This has changed little over the past four years. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (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 1,000 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.

  • Americans Want Prison, Fine for Bill Cosby

    Disgraced actor and comedian Bill Cosby was found guilty last month of three counts of aggravated sexual assault and is set to be sentenced in September. Many have cited his age and declining health as potential reasons to not pursue a prison sentence, but Americans want to see him pay in both time and money for his crimes.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 18% of American Adults think justice would better be served if Cosby is only sent to prison. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say justice would be better served if he is just forced to pay a substantial monetary penalty instead, but a plurality (41%) feels he should be forced to do both. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure what would make a better punishment for the longtime entertainer. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (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 1,000 American Adults was conducted on May 14-15, 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.

  • Americans Have Less Faith In Other Outlets to Replace Newspapers

    Print newspapers have long been a dying form of media, with more Americans saying they rarely or never read one. But they are now less confident that other news sources can make up the difference if the newspaper finally goes out of print.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of American Adults rarely or never buy a print version of their local newspaper, up from 51% in 2014 and up from just 30% who said the same nine years ago. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (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 national survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted May 14-15, 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

  • Americans Aren't Quick to Embrace Sports Betting In Their State

    The U.S. Supreme Court this week struck down a 26-year-old law prohibiting states from sponsoring betting on professional and college sports to raise revenue. But most Americans aren't embracing that idea just yet.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 37% of American Adults favor sports betting as a source of government revenue in their state. Just as many (38%) are opposed. However, one-in-four (24%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (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 national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on May 14-15, 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.

  • 32% Will Tune In To The Royal Wedding

    The Royal Wedding between Great Britain’s Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales and American actress Meghan Markle is set to take place Saturday morning. Though Americans don’t see this wedding getting quite the media fanfare that Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s “wedding of the century” received eight years ago, nearly as many will be watching this wedding as the last.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 41% of American Adults say the media is paying too much attention to the royal nuptials. Forty percent (40%) say the level of media attention is about right, while just six percent (6%) say there’s not enough coverage. Thirteen percent (13%) aren’t sure how they feel about the amount of coverage the impending wedding is receiving. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (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 1,000 American Adults was conducted on May 10 and 13, 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 Place More Importance on Mom This Year

    As Mother’s Day approaches, more Americans now see the importance of the holiday and motherhood itself.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 31% of American Adults consider Mother’s Day one of our nation’s most important holidays, up from 26% a year ago and the highest level of importance placed on the holiday since 2011  Ten percent (10%) consider Mother’s Day one of the nation’s least important holidays, while 55% see it as somewhere in between. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (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 1,000 American Adults was conducted on May 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 Think Summer Camp is Important for Kids

    As summer break approaches, most Americans think it’s important to send kids to summer camp, but that feeling is even greater among former campers.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 58% of American Adults think it’s at least somewhat important for young people to go to a summer camp, including 22% who think it’s Very Important. Thirty-nine percent (39%) do not think summer camp is important for kids, including 12% who say it’s Not At All Important. These findings show little change from 2014. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (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 1,000 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.

  • Network News Watchers Trust NBC for Political News

    Most Americans still watch network television news in some capacity, and for those viewers, NBC is the most trusted source of political news over rivals CBS and ABC.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 61% of American Adults watch one of the three traditional TV networks—ABC, CBS or NBC—for news in a typical week. This includes 25% who watch network television news every day or nearly every day and another 25% who watch several times a week, as well as 11% who watch once a week or less. Thirty-six percent (36%) of Americans rarely or never watch one of the three traditional TV news networks. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (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 national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on May 2-3, 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 a Brighter Future for College Grads

    College graduation season is upon us, and while Americans continue to think it will be tough out there for new graduates, they’re far more optimistic than past years, and fewer are touting the importance of a college degree.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of American Adults think it will be at least somewhat difficult for recent college graduates to find a job in the current economy, down significantly from past years. This includes just 16% who think it will be Very Difficult. A year ago, 71% thought it would be difficult for recent graduates to find a job, but that was down from findings in the high-70s to high-80s since 2011. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (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 1,000 American Adults was conducted on May 2-3, 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 No to Banning BFFs

    A Massachusetts preschool has banned students from using the term “best friend,” saying it can make others feel excluded. But most Americans balk at prohibiting the use of “best friends” and think parents are far more influential in a child’s future than anyone else anyway.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 11% of American Adults favor schools prohibiting students from designating someone else as their best friend. Seventy-seven percent (77%) oppose it, but 12% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    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 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 26 & 29, 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 Trump, Obama Equally Worthy of Nobel Peace Prize

    If President Trump brings the North Korea crisis to a peaceful end, Americans think he deserves the Nobel Peace Prize as much as former President Obama now merits the one he received in 2009.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 42% of American Adults believe Trump should be given the Nobel Peace Prize if he engineers the end of the North Korean nuclear threat. Forty-five percent (45%) disagree, while 13% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (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 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 30-May 1, 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 Support Plastic Bag Ban Over Five-Cent Fee

    A year ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo rejected a five-cent fee on plastic shopping bags at retail stores. Now, he’s planning to introduce a bill to ban plastic bags outright in the state, joining California and Hawaii. Americans are more inclined to agree with the plan to ban bags all together than to pay out of pocket to use them.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 44% of American Adults favor a ban on disposable plastic shopping bags in the state where they live. Nearly as many (40%) oppose a plastic bag ban, but 16% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (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 national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 24-25, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Americans Strongly Favor English as Official Language

    Michigan recently introduced legislation to make English the official state language, making it one of 32 states to do so, while a bill to do the same on a national level was reintroduced in Congress last year. As they have for more than a decade, most Americans support such legislation.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 81% of American Adults think English should be the official language of the United States. Since 2006, this number has ranged from a high of 87% to a low of 83%. Just 12% do not think English should be the country’s official language. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (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 national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 22-23, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports and ProEnglish. 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 See Less Free Speech on College Campuses These Days

    Several recent cases have challenged freedom of speech on college campuses across the United States. Nearly half of Americans think college students have less freedom of speech these days, and few think professors and administrators promote the free exchange of ideas.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 21% of American Adults believe there is more freedom of speech on U.S. college campuses today than there has been in the past. Forty-seven percent (47%) think there is less freedom of speech, while 25% believe the level of free speech is about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (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 Facebook.  

    The national survey of 1,000 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.

  • Many Americans Would Consider Comfort Hospice-Type Care for Loved Ones

    Before her death last week, the Bush family announced they would pursue comfort care rather than medical intervention for Barbara Bush’s failing health. It’s a tough choice for Americans, but many would make the same decision for their loved ones.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that, if a loved one were diagnosed with a terminal illness, 40% of American Adults would choose to give them pain medication and let nature take its course, also referred to as comfort care, palliative care or hospice. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (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 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 18-19, 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 See Barbara Bush As Good Role Model

    Americans hold a solidly favorable opinion of former first lady Barbara Bush who died earlier this week, and most think she set a good example for others to follow.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 79% of American Adults have a favorable view of the woman who was both the wife of President George H.W. Bush and the mother of President George W. Bush, including 50% who share a Very Favorably one. Just nine percent (9%) have a somewhat or Very Unfavorable opinion of Mrs. Bush. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (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 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 18-19, 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, Parents See Too Much Focus on Standardized Tests

    As students across the country sit down for school-wide standardized testing in the weeks to come, many Americans and parents think there’s too much emphasis on these tests and their outcomes.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of American Adults with children of elementary or secondary school age think too much emphasis is placed on standardized tests in schools these days, though that’s down from 64% in 2016 and the lowest in nearly four years. Just 19% of parents think there is not enough emphasis on standardized testing in schools today, while 17% think the balance is about right. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (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 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 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.

  • Parents Not Pushing For Standardized Testing

    Students across the country are beginning to take standardized tests, but half of parents don’t see a need for such testing in schools.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of American Adults with children of elementary or secondary school age do not think all students should be required to take standardized tests every year. Forty-three percent (43%) disagree and think testing should be required of all elementary and secondary school students. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (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 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 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.

  • Few Have Seen UFOs, But Most Think Intelligent Life is Out There

    Late last month, two commercial pilots flying over the Arizona desert reported seeing an unidentified flying object pass overhead. Few Americans claim to have ever seen, or know someone who has seen, a UFO, but that doesn’t mean they don’t believe there’s intelligent life on other planets.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 13% of American Adults have known someone who has seen an unidentified flying object or have seen one themselves, while 79% have not. Eight percent (8%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (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 national survey of 1,000 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 Think Kids' Self-Esteem Higher Than Actual Achievement

    Americans believe young people in this country are more likely to think highly of themselves than their academic performance merits.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 31% of American Adults think young people in America have higher self-esteem than young people in most other countries. Twenty-four percent (24%) say they have lower self-esteem, while 29% feel their level of self-esteem is about the same as that of young people elsewhere. Sixteen percent (16%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (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 1,000 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.