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  • Americans Think Government Should Protect Businesses More

    Americans remain skeptical of so-called “free trade,” and most believe the U.S. government doesn’t do enough to protect businesses here from overseas competition. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on August 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.

  • Americans Are Less Enthusiastic About Sales Tax Holidays

    Seventeen states nationwide will temporarily suspend some sales taxes to boost back-to-school shopping this year, but Americans seem less interested in taking advantage of sales tax holidays compared to past years.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 44% of American Adults say they are more likely to buy things during a sales tax holiday. That’s down from 54% two years ago and is the lowest finding in tracking since 2010. Fourteen percent (14%) say they are less likely to make purchases during a sales tax holiday, while 38% say it has no impact on their buying decisions. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 11 and 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 Now Say Driverless Cars Make Roads Less Safe

    The death of a passenger in a driverless Tesla car has called the safety of these cutting-edge vehicles into question,  with  more Americans than ever saying driverless cars will make the roads a more dangerous place.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of American Adults think the introduction of driverless cars will make the roads less safe. Half as many (25%) believe they will make roads safer, while 10% think driverless cars will have no impact on road safety. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on July 5, 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 Willing to Pay More to Bring Back Manufacturing Jobs

    Americans strongly agree with both major presidential candidates about the importance of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States and are willing to pay more for consumer goods to make it happen. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on June 30 and July 3, 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 See Gas Prices on the Rise

    With the summer driving season at hand, Americans are much more pessimistic about gas prices than they were last summer.

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    The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on June 8-9, 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 Think U.S. Economy Fair to Women, Minorities But Not to All

    Most voters continue to believe the U.S. economy is fair to women and minorities but not to low-income Americans.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters think the U.S. economy is at least somewhat fair to lower income Americans, including just 13% who say it’s Very Fair. Fifty-three percent (53%) say the economy is unfair to those individuals, with 20% who say it’s Not At All Fair. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 25-26, 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 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.