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  • Few Consider Themselves Wealthy, Even Among Highest Earners

    Republican and Democratic candidates alike are making their last-minute attempts at earning the middle class vote. But while Americans may not agree what income qualifies as middle class, most are pretty sure they fall into that category. Even among the country’s highest earners, only one-in-five consider themselves wealthy.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that most American Adults (58%) still consider themselves middle class, little changed from previous surveys. Another 22% consider themselves upper middle class, unchanged from December, but up from 16% in April 2016. Just four percent (4%) think they are wealthy, while 13% say they’re poor, a number that has been on the decline over the past two years. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 21-22, 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.

  • Nearly Half View The Federal Reserve Favorably

    President Trump called the Federal Reserve his “biggest threat” in a recent interview, claiming that the central bank is raising interest rates too fast. But it appears Americans have warmed up to the Fed these days.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 48% of American Adults have at least a somewhat favorable impression of the Federal Reserve, but only 13% have a Very Favorable one. Thirty-three percent (33%) view the Fed unfavorably, with eight percent (8%) who have a Very Unfavorable view. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 17-18, 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 Favor Amazon But Fear for Local Businesses

    Americans like Amazon but worry that the online mega-market will continue to put more traditional retail outlets like Sears out of business. 

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 68% of American Adults have a favorable opinion of Amazon, little changed from January, with 28% who view the company Very Favorably. Twenty-one percent (21%) share an unfavorable opinion of the online retailer, up slightly from 17% at the start of the year, but that includes only five percent (5%) with a Very Unfavorable one. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 15-16, 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 Confidence Marches Upward

    With the release of last week’s jobs report reflecting a near 50-year low for unemployment, consumer confidence has started to rise once again.

    The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index for October rose to 144.2, up five points from September and the second highest finding in four years of surveying.

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    The survey of 1,500 American Adults was conducted on October 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.

  • Following Record Jobs Report, Fewer Than Ever Know Someone Unemployed

    The latest jobs report released Friday shows unemployment at a 49-year low, and fewer Americans than ever now know someone out of work.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 41% of American Adults know someone who is out of work and looking for a job, down from May’s previous low of 46%. Before that, the number of Americans who knew someone who was unemployed never dropped below 50%. Fifty percent (50%) now say they don’t know anyone unemployed and looking for work, a new all-time high, while 10% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 7-8, 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.

  • Men, Women Disagree on Gov. Mandate to Seat Women on Boards of Directors

    California now requires all publicly traded companies in the state to have at least one woman on their board of directors by the end of 2019. While men and women don’t see eye-to-eye on whether they’d want a law like this in their state, they do agree that the decision shouldn’t be up to the government.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 44% of American Adults favor a law in their state like the one in California that mandates all publicly traded companies have at least one woman on their board of directors. Just as many (42%) oppose such a law in their state, but 14% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 1-2, 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 Levels Off - At Record Levels

    Consumer confidence appears to have plateaued, but it remains at record highs.

    The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index dropped a point to 138.8. This is the second month in a row that the index has experienced a slight drop, although it is still among the highest ratings in four years of surveying.

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

  • Voters Put Economic Growth Ahead of Fairness

    Voters continue to prioritize making sure the economy is growing over making sure it is fair, but they think government involvement would make society less fair.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters think, generally speaking, economic growth is more important than economic fairness. Thirty-nine percent (39%) think fairness is more important. This shows little change from surveys dating back to 2013. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 20-21, 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.

  • Do Americans Like The Idea of Raising Minimum Wage?

    Earlier this week, North Carolina became one of at least four states to raise the hourly minimum wage of state workers to $15. Though Americans increasingly believe that raising the minimum wage will benefit the country’s economy, few want to see their state follow suit in raising it to $15 an hour.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 49% of American Adults believe raising the hourly minimum wage will help the economy, while 30% think it will hurt the economy. Thirteen percent (13%) feel raising the minimum wage will have no impact on the economy. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 20-21, 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: Americans Open Their Wallets Wider

    As economic confidence stays perched among the highest levels in four years of surveying, consumers are ready to open their wallets again, just in time for the back-to-school shopping season.

    The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index held steady at 139.7 this month, less than a point lower than July. This index rating is still among the highest in four years of surveying.

    Enthusiasm about the economy started to grow immediately following Donald Trump's election as president in November 2016 and spiked at 145.9 in February of this year. By comparison, in President Obama’s final years in office, this index reached a high of 121.5 in January 2015 and was at 108.1 his last month in the White House.