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  • 41% Think U.S. is Currently in a Recession

    The Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures consumer confidence on a daily basis, is down one point to 99.3 on Sunday. Consumer confidence is up just over a point from a week ago and up four points from a month ago, but is relatively even with three months ago.

    The Rasmussen Investor Index held steady to 112.7 on Monday. Investor confidence is up two points from a week ago and one point from a month ago, but down four points from three months ago.

     

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  • 53% Say Buying a Home is a Family's Best Investment

    Americans continue to say that buying a house is a good investment for families.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of American Adults think buying a home is the best investment most families can make, generally in line with surveys over the past five years. Twenty-eight percent (28%) do not think buying a home is a family’s best investment, up slightly from previous months. Nineteen percent (19%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 14-15, 2014 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.

  • Homeowners Say No To Government Help on Mortgage Payments

    Most homeowners say they have not missed nor are they likely to miss a mortgage payment anytime soon. But for those who are struggling to make increased mortgage payments, Americans say they should sell their home and find a less expensive one rather than have the government step in and help.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 22% of American Adults believe that if someone cannot afford to make increased mortgage payments, the government should assist them. This is down slightly from August but still above June’s 2014 low. Most (58%) still think people in that situation should sell their home and find a less expensive one. This is down five points from August, but in line with findings from earlier this year.  Twenty percent (20%) are not sure, up seven points from August and the highest finding to date. (To see survey question wording, click here).

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    The survey of 701 Adult Homeowners and 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 14-15, 2014 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.

  • 50% Expect Their Home’s Value To Go Up in Next Five Years

    Homeowners’ short- and long-term confidence in their home’s value remain at levels seen since early 2013 and they also remain confident that their home is now worth more than what they owe on their mortgage.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 50% of American Homeowners now expect their home’s value to increase over the next five years. This finding is up slightly from September  and the highest finding since June.  Thirteen percent (13%) say the value will go down in that period, unchanged from previous survey. Twenty-seven percent (27%) believe it will stay about the same over the next five years, down slightly from September and in line with findings from last October. Nine percent (9%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

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    The survey of 701 American Homeowners was conducted on October 14-15, 2014 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.

  • 48% Won’t Pay More For Fast Food To Raise Minimum Wage

    Americans enjoy having it their way. Fast-food restaurants have been in the news lately because of protests to raise the minimum wage, but Americans who regularly eat at these restaurants aren't willing to pay more for their food to raise the pay of their workers.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 27% of American Adults rarely or never eat at fast-food restaurants. But 50% eat at such restaurants at least two to three times a month. This includes 27% who eat fast food at least once a week, up from 13% in August of last year. Twenty-four percent (24%) say they eat at a fast-food restaurant every now and then. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 12-13, 2014 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

  • 43% Think Raising Minimum Wage Will Help Economy

    President Obama is trying to raise the federal minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour, and most Americans are on board.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that most American Adults (61%) favor raising the minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 an hour, which many states and the District of Columbia have already done. One-in-three (30%) oppose raising the minimum wage. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 12-13, 2014 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.

  • 12% Consider Themselves the Working Poor

    Although the number of workers expecting a raise within the next year ties the all-time high, roughly one-in-10 still consider themselves among the working poor.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 50% of working Americans think they will be earning more money a year from today, tying July’s all-time high. Just 11% believe they will be earning less in a year. Thirty-two percent (32%) say their salary will be about the same in a year’s time, but that’s the lowest finding since April 2009. (To see survey question wording, click here).

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    The survey of 622 Employed Adults was conducted on September 28-29, 2014 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.

  • Americans Say Current Job Offers Better Career Advancement

    Americans say they have a better chance for career advancement by staying at their current job than going to work for someone else.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 43% of Working Americans say they have a better chance to advance their career by staying at their current job. This finding is up five points from August and the highest finding since January 2013. One-in-three (33%) Working Americans say going to work for someone else will advance their careers, down four points from previous survey and the lowest finding since January 2013. Twenty-four percent (24%) remain undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 622 Employed Adults was conducted on September 28-29, 2014 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.

  • Rasmussen Employment Index Slips A Point in September

    The Rasmussen Employment Index which measures worker confidence fell slightly in September after reaching an all-time high in August.

    At 100.3, worker confidence is down one point from 101.2 last month, the highest finding in six years of regular tracking. The index fell to a recent low of 81.2 last October but gained steadily after that. It stood at 82 in September of last year.

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    The survey of 9,284 working Americans was conducted in September 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • 29% Owe More Money Than Last Year

    Roughly a third of adults say they owe more money than a year ago, although only one-in-five say their interest rates have gone up in that same time.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 29% of American Adults now owe more money than they did a year ago, up three points from a month ago, but generally in line with earlier surveys. Thirty-three percent (33%) owe less than a year ago, while another 35% owe about the same amount. (To see survey questions wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 18-19, 2014 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.