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  • Americans Still Sour About Government Bailouts of Big Banks

    Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders may not be winning most of the state presidential primaries, but his strong criticism of the government’s treatment of Wall Street institutions certainly resonates with most Americans.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 55% of American Adults say that, looking back, it was a bad idea for the federal government to provide bailout funding for banks and other financial institutions. Only 23% think the government bailouts were a good idea, and just as many (22%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 17-18, 2016 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 Say They Will Miss Today’s Income Tax Deadline

    Pushing today’s Tax Day deadline back three days compared to the April 15 of years past hasn’t made a difference as far as taxpayers are concerned. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 13-14, 2016  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 Still Say Middle Class Hit Hardest At Tax Time

    With this year's Tax Day coming on Monday, Americans remain more convinced than ever that the middle class is shouldering more of the tax burden than the wealthy.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 71% of American Adults still believe middle-class Americans currently pay a larger share of their income in taxes than wealthy people do. Just 21% think wealthy Americans pay a larger share of their income in taxes. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 13-14, 2016  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.

  • Demand for Hybrid Cars Is Little Changed

    More hybrid vehicles - part traditional gasoline-powered engine, part electric engine - seem to be on the roads these days, but Americans aren't expressing any increased willingness to buy one. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 11-12, 2016 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 Americans Support $15 Minimum Wage In Their State

    New York and California recently passed bills that will gradually raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour, and several other states are considering similar legislation. Most Americans want their state’s hourly minimum wage to be above the federal level of $7.25, but they aren’t quite willing to go as high as $15.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 20% of American Adults want the minimum hourly wage in their state to stay at $7.25. Seventy-four percent (74%) want it to be higher, but that includes only 12% who prefer the $15 level. Three percent (3%) think their state's minimum wage should be even higher than that.

    Twenty-three percent (23%) are comfortable with $9.50 an hour, while 24% would make the minimum hourly wage $10.50. Twelve percent (12%) want the minimum wage to be $12.50. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 3-4, 2016 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 Say They Pay Too Much in Taxes

    Most Americans continue to question the U.S. tax system and feel they are paying more than their fair share in income taxes. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 24 and 27, 2016 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 Are Filing Their Taxes At A Record Pace

    Americans appear to be on a tear to pay their income taxes this year. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 24 and 27, 2016 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 Say Americans Are Overtaxed

    Most voters believe Americans are overtaxed, but don’t expect any relief anytime soon. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 20-21, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Few Fear an IRS Audit

    Americans don't trust the IRS, but they're less worried this year about being audited by the feds.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 14% of American Adults are concerned that the Internal Revenue Service will audit their taxes, with three percent (3%) who are Very Concerned. That overall figure is down slightly from 17% a year ago.  Eighty-three percent (83%) are not worried about an IRS audit. That's up from 77% last year and includes 41% who are Not At All Concerned. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 21-22, 2016 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.

  • More Plan to File Their Taxes on Time

    With the April 18 deadline still nearly two months away, Americans are more confident they’ll file their taxes on time.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% of American Adults intend to file their income taxes by Tax Day, up from 52% this time last year. However, last February, 34% had already filed their income taxes. Only 27% have already done so this year. Just four percent (4%) expect to get an extension. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 21-22, 2016 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.