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  • 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.

  • Americans Agree ‘Made in America’ Is More Than A Slogan

    President Trump visited Granite City, Illinois, last week to address the success of a recently reopened steel mill there, saying, "Made in America. It's not just a slogan but a way of life.” Most Americans agree with the president and say buying American-made is important to them.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 61% of American Adults agree with the president that “Made in America” is not just a slogan, but a way of life. Twenty-one percent (21%) of Americans disagree, but 19% are not sure. It’s important to note the question did not mention who made the statement. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 29-30, 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 Like the Idea of a 4-Day Work Week

    Companies in several countries around the world have experimented with changing employees’ work schedules from five eight-hour days to four 10-hour shifts with the goal of increasing employee productivity and morale. Americans are receptive to the idea and see the potential for improved productivity in the workplace.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 53% of American Adults think a change to four 10-hour work days a week is good for employees. Just 15% see such a move as bad for employees, while 20% think a five-day to four-day shift makes no difference. Another 12% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 19 & 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.

  • Most Americans Concerned About U.S.-China Trade War

    The United States is setting the stage for a trade war with China over the Trump administration’s increased tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese imports, something nearly two-thirds of Americans are concerned about.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 62% of American Adults are at least somewhat concerned about a possible U.S. trade war with China, including 32% who are Very Concerned. Just 34% are not concerned about an impending trade war, with 11% 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 July 11-12, 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

  • Is AI the Future for American Jobs?

    Americans are leery that most human jobs will be replaced by artificial intelligence in the future.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 47% of American Adults think it is at least somewhat likely that artificial intelligence will eventually take over most human jobs, including 16% who think it’s Very Likely. Just as many (46%), however, don’t see an AI takeover as likely, including seven percent (7%) who say it’s Not At All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 10, 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 Still Among Record Highs

    Spending may have grounded for summer, but sentiments on the economy are still flying high.

    The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index rose nearly three points from June to 140.5, the second highest index 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.

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

  • Can Robots Replace Workers? Americans Think It's Likely

    A report released in November found that as many as 800 million workers worldwide could be replaced by robots by 2030. That’s not shocking to most Americans, but they also don’t believe they are easily replaceable.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 64% of American Adults think it’s at least Somewhat Likely that most jobs in America will be done by robots or computers 25 years from now, including 21% who believe it’s Very Likely. Thirty percent (30%) don’t think that scenario is likely, with five percent (5%) who feel it’s Not at all Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • Consumer Spending Update: Confidence in the Economy Remains High

    Despite reports that inflation is at a six-year high, Americans remain upbeat about the economy.

    The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index remained unchanged at 137.9 this month, down less than a half a point from May. 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.

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

  • Americans Say Government Workers Have It Made

    Despite President Trump’s recent executive orders making it easier to effectively discipline and fire bad federal employees, most Americans still think a government job is the gig to have.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 62% of American Adults think workers in the private sector work harder than their government counterparts. That’s up from an all-time low of 57% last September  but more in line with previous surveys.  Just 12% think government workers work harder than those in the private sector, but another 26% are not sure who works harder. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on June 3-4, 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 Say It's Too Hard to Fire Government Workers

    President Trump last week signed a series of executive orders that, among other things, makes it easier to fire unionized federal workers. That's something most Americans agree is too difficult to do.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 58% of American Adults think it’s too hard to get rid of poorly performing government employees. Just nine percent (9%) think it’s too easy, while 21% think the level of difficulty is about right. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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