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  • 36% Say Personal Finances Are Improving

    The Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures consumer confidence on a daily basis, rose another point on Saturday to 117.5. Consumer confidence is up a point from a week ago, 10 points from a month ago and 19 points from three months ago.

    The Rasmussen Investor Index, on the other hand, slipped a point on Saturday to 129.9. Investor confidence is unchanged from a week ago, but is up four points from a month ago and 19 points from three months ago.

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    The Rasmussen Consumer Index and Investor Indexes are derived from nightly telephone surveys of 1,200 adults and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. The baseline for the Index was established at 100.0 in October 2001. Readings above 100.0 indicate that confidence is higher than in the baseline month. Detailed supplemental information is available for Platinum Members. Historical data for the Consumer and Investor indexes as well as attitudes about the economy and personal finances are also available to Platinum Members.

  • Debt Up; Interest Rates, Too?

    Americans are sending positive signals about much of the economy, but they still remain deeper in debt than they were last year at this time. They also continue to think higher interest rates are coming on the money they owe.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 29% of American Adults say they owe more money than they did a year ago. That's unchanged from December  and consistent with surveying since last summer. But just 23% said they owed more money in January of last year. Thirty-two percent (32%) say they owe less money than they did a year ago, while for 36% their level of debt is about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 800 American Adults was conducted on January 18-19, 2015 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.

  • To Sell or Not To Sell: Americans Are Unsure

    While homeowner confidence in home values has reached new highs, Americans as a whole still aren’t convinced that it’s a good time to put a house on the market.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 36% of American Adults think now is a good time for someone in their area to be selling home, down slightly from previous surveys and in line with findings since last July. Thirty-three percent (33%) disagree, which is down four points from December and the lowest since June. Nearly as many (31%) are not sure, up four points from the previous survey and the highest finding to date. In June, the number who thought it was a good time to sell hit a five-year high of 44%.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 800 Adults was conducted on January 16-17, 2015 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.

  • Is It the Government's Job to Close the Income Gap?

    President Obama focused much of his State of the Union address this week on initiatives he says will financially help lower- and middle-income Americans, but voters still place more importance on government policies that encourage a free market over ones that reduce the income gap.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 66% of Likely U.S. Voters consider policies that reduce the income gap between rich and poor to be at least somewhat important. Twenty-eight percent (28%) don’t consider such policies to be important. This includes 38% who regard those policies as Very Important and eight percent (8%) who say they are Not At All Important. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 800 Likely Voters was conducted on January 19-20, 2015 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.

  • Are Inflation Worries Beginning to Wind Down?

    Concern about inflation appears to be trending down, and Americans are more confident in the federal government to handle it.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 70% of American Adults are still at least somewhat concerned about inflation, with 29% who are Very Concerned. Just 25% don't share that concern, and that includes only five percent (5%) who are Not At All Concerned. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 800 Adults was conducted on January 18-19, 2014 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.

  • Americans Are More Confident Their Homes Have Increased in Value

    Already more optimistic about the future value of their home,  homeowners are also more confident about its current value.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 84% of American Homeowners are at least somewhat confident that they know how much their home is worth in today’s market, in line with recent surveys.  Just 12% are not confident that they know their home’s worth. This includes 46% who are Very Confident and three percent (3%) who are Not At All Confident. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 670 American Homeowners was conducted on January 16-17, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 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 Think Obama’s Plan Makes More Middle Class Taxes Likely

    President Obama in his State of the Union address last night proposed $320 billion in tax increases on the wealthiest Americans including raising capital gains and inheritance taxes in an effort to pay for initiatives he says will benefit lower- and middle-class taxpayers. Democrats overwhelmingly support the president’s plan, but most voters suspect it will lead to more taxes on the middle class as well.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 49% of all Likely U.S. Voters favor the tax increases the president is proposing, while 41% are opposed. Ten percent (10%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 800 Likely Voters was conducted on January 19-20, 2015 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.

  • Confidence in America’s Banks Is Up, Too

    Americans are starting 2015 off with their most positive view of the country’s banking system since before the Wall Street meltdown.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 60% of American Adults are at least somewhat confident in the stability of the U.S. banking system, including 10% who are Very Confident. This overall finding is up 10 points from the 2014 low found in December. It is the highest finding since July 2008  before the Wall Street meltdown and the federal bailout of the financial system.

    Thirty-two percent (32%) are still not confident in the stability of the banking industry, with seven percent (7%) who are Not At All Confident. The overall finding is down 12 points from December and is the lowest finding in nearly seven years. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 800 Adults was conducted on January 18-19, 2014 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.

  • Confidence in Housing Market Jumps to New Highs

    More homeowners than ever believe their home will be worth more in the future than it is today.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 44% of American Homeowners say the value of their home will go up over the next year, up four points from the previous high of 40% in November  and the highest level of short-term optimism in regular surveying since the spring of 2009.  Just 10% think their home’s value will go down over the next 12 months, a new low. Forty-three percent (43%) say it will stay about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 670 American Homeowners was conducted on January 16-17, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Cash No Longer Reigns Supreme

    Paper or plastic? A common question at the grocery store might now refer to your wallet rather than your shopping bags.

    Over half (53%) of American Adults now say they’ve gone an entire week without paying for anything with cash or coins, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. That’s up from 49% a year ago and 43% in 2012.  Thirty-nine percent (39%) have not, down six points from 2014. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 800 Adults was conducted on January 12-13, 2014 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.