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  • Americans See Climbing Gas Prices

    Gas prices are starting to surge around the country, and Americans are feeling the pain already.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 64% of American Adults are paying more for a gallon of gas today compared to six months ago, and 74% think it’s likely those prices will continue to climb over the next six months. This includes 44% who think it’s Very Likely they’ll be paying even more for a gallon of gas in six months than they are today. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 22-23, 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.

  • Half of Americans Hire a Tax Professional

    Nearly half of Americans hired a professional to help them hit today’s Tax Day deadline, and more filed those tax returns electronically than last year.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 48% of American Adults hire a professional to prepare their income taxes. Thirty-nine percent (39%) do their taxes themselves, while eight percent (8%) have someone else in their family take care of it. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 12 & 15, 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

  • 87% Are On Track to File Taxes By Tomorrow’s Deadline

    Americans are closing in on tomorrow's Tax Day deadline at a pace comparable to the last couple years, with one-in-10 waiting to the last minute. 

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 76% of American Adults have already filed their income taxes, up from 52% three weeks ago. Forty-five percent (45%) had already filed by late February,  with 42% more who planned to file by the April 18 deadline. 

    Eleven percent (11%) haven't filed yet but still plan to meet tomorrow's deadline. Five percent (5%) say they'll get an extension. Seven percent (7%) remain undecided even at this late date. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 12 & 15, 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 Support Equal Pay for Men and Women

    A recent court ruling found that employers can't pay women less than men just because they had a lower salary at a prior company. Most Americans support equal pay for men and women, but they’re not convinced that discrimination is the sole reason for wage disparities.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 67% of American Adults favor a California law that mandates equal pay for men and women if they do “substantially similar work” for a company even if they have different job titles or work at different locations. Twenty-one percent (21%) oppose an equal pay requirement, while 11% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 10-11, 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 Say Employers, Not Government, Should Set Salaries

    Some states are attempting to tackle income inequality at the state level, but when it comes to salaries, Americans think decisions should stay in the hands of the employer and want to keep employee salaries private.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that most American Adults (74%) think employers should determine what salaries are paid to individual employees, not the government. Just 12% disagree and think the government should make that call, but 14% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 10-11, 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.

  • Few Think U.S. Has Best Tax System in the World

    As Tax Day draws near, Americans are feeling better about the U.S. tax system than they have in the past, but half still believe they’re paying more than their fair share of taxes.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 18% of American Adults think the United States has the best tax system in the world, though that’s more than double the eight percent (8%) who said the same two years ago and the highest finding since 2010. Since 2013, the number that felt the U.S. tax system was best never broke double-digits. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 8-9, 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 Work A Lot, But They Like It

    Employed Americans work long hours, but most enjoy their workday.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 55% of Working Americans work more than 40 hours per week, including 27% who work more than 50 hours. Thirty percent (30%) work 40 hours or less, including 12% who only work 20-30 hours a week and eight percent (8%) who work less than 20 hours a week. Ten percent (10%) of working Americans work between 30 and 40 hours per week. Another 14% are not sure how many hours a week they typically work. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 645 Working Americans was conducted on April 2-3, 2018 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.

  • Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Drops Again, Spending Holds Steady

    Following another bumpy month on the stock market and with a potential trade war with China brewing, economic confidence has fallen again this month. But it still remains well above where it was in the Obama years.

    The overall Rasmussen Reports Economic Index dropped from 140.4 in March to 135.7 this month. Enthusiasm about the economy started to grow immediately following Donald Trump's election as president in November 2016. That number spiked at 145.9 in February, but even with that number dropping for two consecutive months, the latest number is among the top four findings since 2014. 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 April 2-3, 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.

  • Working Americans Have a Hard Time Unplugging While On Vacation

    Are Americans workaholics? Maybe, since many can’t seem to step away from the office, even on vacation.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that most Working Americans (63%) check in by phone or e-mail with their office or place of work while on vacation. This includes 27% of employed adults who say they check in on vacation every day or nearly every day, 17% who check in most days and 19% who check in via phone or e-mail with their workplace some days of their vacation. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 29 & April 1, 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 Less Concerned About IRS Audit

    As Tax Day approaches, Americans are less worried about getting audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) than they were this time last year.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 14% of American Adults are at least somewhat concerned that the IRS will audit their taxes, including five percent (5%) who are Very Concerned. That’s down from last year’s 10-year high of 23% and back to the level of concern in 2016.

    Most adults (78%) are not concerned about an audit, including 35% who are Not At All Concerned. That’s up slightly from 72% last year but down from 83% the year before. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 19-20, 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.