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  • Consumer Spending Update: Confidence Rockets to New Four-Year High

    Economic and consumer confidence have jumped to four-year highs.

    The overall Rasmussen Reports Economic Index rose nearly seven points from 139.3 in January to 145.9 for February. Enthusiasm about the economy started to grow immediately following the 2016 presidential election and continues to show the highest level of confidence since this tracking began in 2014. In President Obama’s final years in office, this index reached a high of 121.5 only once in January 2015 and was at 108.1 in his last month in the White House.

    (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 February 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.

  • Americans Support Paid Family Leave

    Twenty-five years after the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was enacted, most Americans support expanding the Act to include government-mandated paid family or medical leave for full-time workers, though less than half say they’ve had to take unpaid leave.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of American Adults think the government should require all employers to provide up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for full-time employees, while 29% disagree. Another 17% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 5-6, 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 Still Fear Stock Market Crash

    The stock market has been climbing steadily higher since Donald Trump's election as president, but Americans still aren’t convinced the boom will last.

    (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 January 28-29, 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 Still Favor Use of Protective Tariffs

    President Trump this week imposed heavy tariffs on foreign manufacturers of washing machines and solar panels to protect U.S. businesses. Americans by a two-to-one margin think tariffs are a good way to go.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of American Adults believe the federal government should place tariffs on goods from countries that pay very low wages to their workers. Twenty-six percent (26%) oppose tariffs on such goods even though the low wages mean these manufactured items often cost less than comparable American products. One-in-four (24%), however, are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 24-25, 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 Don't Favor Big State Tax On Tax Reform Savings

    Democratic legislators in California want large companies to give over at least half the savings they get from the new national tax reform bill to the state government. But most voters aren't ready to go that way in their state.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 33% of Likely U.S. Voters think that such a tax proposal would be good for the state of California economically. Slightly more (36%) disagree, while nine percent (9%) say such a tax would have no impact. Twenty-two percent (22%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 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.

  • Fewer Than Ever Now Say Economy is Fair to Women

    Amid renewed calls for pay equality across many industries, including Hollywood, fewer voters than ever now think the U.S. economy is fair to women.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters now think the economy is at least somewhat fair to women, including 22% who think it is Very Fair. That’s down from 61% in May 2016 and the lowest finding in five years of surveying. Forty-four percent (44%) now say the economy is unfair to women, including 18% who say it’s Not At All Fair. This, too, is up from earlier surveys. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 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.

  • Americans Concerned Amazon Will Run Out Businesses

    With the opening of the first all-automatic grocery store, Amazon Go, Americans worry the tech giant will eventually take over the retail sector and force out both smaller and larger businesses.

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 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.

  • Workers See Wage Increases in Near Future

    American workers are more confident than ever that they will get a salary boost in the near future, and most continue to believe the best opportunity for career advancement is to stay put.

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 16-17 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

  • One-in-Four Have Bought Groceries Online

    Amazon’s 2017 deal with Whole Foods positioned the digital giant to grow their subscription pantry delivery service, but while online shopping may be all the rage, it seems to be catching on more slowly for food shopping. No matter whether they’re making their food purchases online or in a retail store though, Americans are much less likely to say they’re paying more for groceries now.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 23% of American Adults have ever ordered groceries online. Seventy-four percent (74%) have not shopped online for groceries through services like Amazon or Peapod. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 4 & 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.

  • Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Continues Upward Climb As Spending Slows

    2018 has kicked off with economic confidence abound, but despite the positive financial outlook, Americans are slowing down on spending following a busy holiday shopping season.

    The overall Rasmussen Reports Economic Index rose nearly seven points to 139.3 for January, the highest in three years of tracking. Enthusiasm about the economy started to grow immediately following the 2016 presidential election and continues to show the highest level of confidence since this tracking began in 2014. In President Obama’s final years in office, this index reached a high of 121.5 only once in January 2015 and was at 108.1 in his last month in the White House.

    (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 January 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.