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  • Half of Adults Trust America's Banks

    With confidence in U.S. banks remaining below levels measure before the 2008 financial meltdown, one-third of Americans fear they will lose their money due to bank failure.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 31% of American Adults are at least somewhat concerned they will lose their money due to a bank failure, down only slightly from November. Sixty-five percent (65%) are not worried about losing their money. This includes eight percent (8%) who are Very Worried and 25% who are Not At All Worried about losing money in a bank failure. These findings are consistent with attitudes for nearly six years. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 16-17, 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.

  • Americans Still View Home Ownership As Strong Investment

    Adults nationwide round out 2014 still believing owning a home is a top investment but remain divided as to whether now’s a good time to sell in their area.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds 55% of American Adults believe that buying a home is the best investment most families can make. That’s generally in line with findings over the past several years  but is the highest level of confidence measured since June. Twenty-five percent (25%) disagree and say home ownership is not the best bet for most families, but 19% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • 36% of Consumers, 44% of Investors Think Economy is Improving

    The Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures consumer confidence on a daily basis, gained two points on Thursday to reach 107. Consumer confidence is up four points from a week ago, 10 points from a month ago and 11 points from three months ago.

    The Rasmussen Investor Index climbed three points on Thursday to 123.3. Investor confidence is up two points from a week ago, nine points from a month ago and 13 points points from three months ago.

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    The Rasmussen Consumer Index and Investor Indexes are derived from nightly telephone surveys of 1,500 adults and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. The baseline for the Index was established at 100.0 in October 2001. Readings above 100.0 indicate that confidence is higher than in the baseline month. Detailed supplemental information is available for Platinum Members. Historical data for the Consumer and Investor indexes as well as attitudes about the economy and personal finances are also available to Platinum Members.

  • Homeowners Worry A Bit More About Their Mortgage Payments

    The number of homeowners who think they are likely to miss or be late on a mortgage payment in the next few months is at its highest level in over a year.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 12% of homeowners say they are likely to miss or be late on a house payment in the next six months, up from eight percent (8%) in October and the highest finding since September 2013. This overall finding includes six percent (6%) who think it is Very Likely. But 84% say they are unlikely to miss or be late on a payment, with 60% who say it is Not At All Likely.  (To see survey question wording, click here).

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    The survey of 637 Adult Homeowners and 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 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.

  • Confidence in Housing Market Shows Little Change

    Homeowners remain fairly confident in their home’s short- and long-term value, and most still think it’s worth more than what they owe on their mortgage.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 36% of Adult Homeowners think the value of their home will go up over the next year, down from November’s all-time high of 40%. Twelve percent (12%) believe their home’s value will go down next year, but nearly half (47%) say it will remain about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 637 American Homeowners was conducted on December 12-13, 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.

  • Voters Say Spending Cuts Help the Economy

    Following the U.S. House of Representatives' narrow passage of a spending bill hours before deadline, voters continue to believe that cutting government spending - and taxes - is the best present the federal government can give the economy this holiday season.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters believe that increases in government spending hurt the economy. Twenty-six percent (26%) think spending increases help the economy, while seven percent (7%) say it will have no impact. These are all line in with findings from the past few years. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 9-10, 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.

  • Americans Remain Confident They're Getting A Pay Raise

    One-out-of-two working Americans expect a pay raise in the coming year, but those who classify themselves as the working poor are much less optimistic.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 11% of Employed Americans consider themselves poor. The vast majority (86%), however, view themselves as middle class, with 21% who describe themselves as upper middle class. Just one percent (1%) say they are wealthy. These findings are generally consistent with regular surveying since early 2009 just after the Wall Street meltdown. (To see survey question wording, click here).

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    The survey of 623 Employed Adults was conducted on December 2-3, 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.

  • That Next Job Doesn't Look Quite As Good

    Fewer working Americans think the grass will be greener at their next job.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 38% of Employed Americans still believe their next job will be better than their current one  but that's down from a recent high of 44% in late July and the lowest level of confidence in a year.  Just 11% think their next job won’t be better, while 22% plan to retire after their current job. Twenty-nine percent (29%) don’t know what to expect when they move on. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 623 Employed Adults was conducted on December 2-3, 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 Hits Six-Year High

    The Rasmussen Employment Index which measures worker confidence reached a six-year high in November.

    At 102.4, worker confidence is up three points from 99.4 in October and up one point from the previous high of 101.2 in August. The index fell to a recent low of 81.2 in October 2013 but gained steadily after that. After the Wall Street meltdown in the fall of 2008, the index fell dramatically, hitting an all-time low of 57.8 in July 2009.

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    The survey of 9,567 working Americans was conducted in November 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.

  • It's a Familiar Holiday Refrain: Charge It!

    Whether they are among the one-third of likely Black Friday shoppers or not, just over half of Americans say they won't be putting their holiday purchases on plastic this year.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 43% of American Credit Card Holders plan to pay for most of their holiday gifts this year with a credit card. But 51% do not intend to pay that way. Six percent (6%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    This survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on November 23-24, 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.