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  • Do Americans Work Hard Enough?

    Most voters think they already work hard enough and disagree with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush that they need to work even harder to help fix the economy.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters think Americans work harder than people in most other countries. Just 22% say Americans don’t work as hard, while 26% feel they work about the same amount as those in other countries. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on July 12-13, 2015 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.

  • Are Obama’s Overtime Changes Good for the Economy?

    Voters appear more supportive of President Obama’s expansion of overtime pay than they were last year, but most also still feel that business owners, not the government, should make the decisions about their businesses.

    The president's proposed change would raise the income requirement for salaried workers to be eligible for overtime pay from under $23,660 to up to $50,440 a year, and a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters believe increasing the number of people eligible for overtime will help the economy. That’s up from 37% in March of last year just after the president first announced the proposal, although he gave no precise figures at that time.  Twenty-seven percent (27%) believe expanding the availability of overtime pay will hurt the economy. Fifteen percent (15%) say the change will have no economic impact, while 10% more are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 30-July 1, 2015 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.

  • Voters Believe People Get Rich Through Hard Work

    When it comes to building wealth, voters don’t see an easy way out: they still believe most people get rich by working hard. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 953 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on June 16-17, 2015 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.

  • Which is More Important: Economic Growth or Fairness?

    Voters say that economic growth is more important than economic fairness and they give a thumbs up to policies that expand the economy over policies that promote fairness.
     
     A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters say that economic growth is more important, while 39% say that economic fairness is more important. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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     The survey of 953 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on June 16-17, 2015 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 Free Trade As Good for Business, or Do They?

    Americans are conflicted on free trade. Most think the government doesn’t do enough to protect U.S. businesses, but at the same time they think those businesses will do better against foreign competitors with a wide-open market.

    Fifty-one percent (51%) of American Adults believe free-market competition with businesses worldwide is a better way for U.S. companies to succeed. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 24% think government protection from foreign products is the better way to go. That’s down 10 points from 34% nearly three years ago.  Just as many (25%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 800 Adults was conducted on April 22-23, 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.

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  • Americans Think Free Trade Good for Consumers, Bad for U.S. Jobs

    Americans are a little less enthusiastic about free trade, even though they admit it’s better for consumers. But they’re also more likely now to see it as a job killer. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 800 Adults was conducted on April 22-23, 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.

  • Americans Define Middle Class, Think Politicians Don’t Agree

    Candidates across the political spectrum promise to help the middle class by cutting taxes. But most Americans think those candidates don’t even agree on who makes up the middle class, and they don’t believe their promises to cut taxes. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 800 Adults was conducted on April 14-15, 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.

  • Do You Pay Your Fair Share in Taxes?

    Most Americans say they are filing their income taxes on time this year, but over half think they are paying more than they should.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of American Adults believe that, compared to people who make more or less than they do, they pay more than their fair share of taxes. Twenty-three percent (23%) disagree, but just as many (24%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 800 American Adults was conducted on April 12-13, 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.

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  • Most Will Pay Up - Again - by Tax Day

    Most Americans are on schedule to file their income taxes by tomorrow’s deadline, with half expecting a refund.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 75% of American Adults have already filed their income taxes, with 10% more who say they’ll do so by tomorrow. Six percent (6%) plan to seek an extension, while nine percent (9%) are still not sure what they’ll do at this late date. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 800 American Adults nationwide was conducted on April 12-13, 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.

  • Regular Fast-Food Diners Don't Want to Pay More to Raise Minimum Wage

    Fast food giant McDonald’s recently announced it will raise its hourly wage by more than 10% starting this July.  But Americans aren’t thrilled about the possibility of paying higher prices for fast food to support those higher salaries.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 26% of American Adults rarely or never eat at fast-food restaurants. Fifty-one percent (51%) eat at such restaurants at least two to three times a month, unchanged from last October. This includes 29% who eat fast food at least once a week. Twenty-two percent (22%) 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 800 American Adults was conducted on April 2 & 5, 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.

    Additional information from this survey and a full demographic breakdown are available to Platinum Members only.