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  • 21% Rate U.S. Economy Good or Excellent

    The Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures consumer confidence on a daily basis, dropped four points on Monday to 100.2. Consumer confidence is still up a point from a week ago, but is down four points from a month ago and two points from three months ago.

    The Rasmussen Investor Index dipped three points on Monday to 117.6. Investor confidence is up six points from a week ago but down four points from a month ago. The Investor Index is up a point 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.

  • Americans View Poverty As A Bigger Trap Than Ever

    Even as thousands of new illegal immigrants flood over the border, more Americans than ever doubt whether it is possible for most people in this country to escape being poor. 

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 44% of American Adults still believe it is possible for just about anyone in the United States to work their way out of poverty. That’s consistent with findings since April of last year but down from the high 40s and low 50s for several years prior to that. However, 40% now think it is not possible for just about anyone to escape poverty, up just two points from 38% in March but the highest finding in regular surveying since January 2009 just after the Wall Street meltdown. Sixteen percent (16%) more are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • 44% Believe Economy Will Be Weaker A Year From Now

    Is this the new normal? Americans continue to hold a gloomy assessment of the economy’s chances for improvement in both the short- and long-term.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 25% of American Adults believe the U.S. economy will be stronger a year from now. That’s virtually unchanged from 24% in March, the lowest level of optimism recorded in regular tracking since early January 2009 following the Wall Street meltdown. This finding has generally run in the mid-30s to low 40s for most of the last five-and-a-half years.

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

  • Voters Still Put Economic Growth Ahead of Economic Fairness

    Half of voters continue to believe that there is a conflict between economic growth and fairness, and most still consider the former to be more important. However, the number who consider fairness more important continues to inch up.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 79% of Likely U.S. Voters believe that policies that encourage economic fairness are at least somewhat important, with 49% who think they are Very Important. Fifteen percent (15%) rate policies that encourage economic fairness as not very or Not At All Important. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 15-16, 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.

  • New High: 34% Owe More Money Than They Did A Year Ago

    More Americans than ever say they owe more money than they did last year, and they’re more pessimistic about their future interest rates.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 34% of American Adults now owe more money than they did last year, up from 32% last month  and the highest finding in regular surveying since April 2009.  Slightly fewer (31%) owe less now, while 33% say they owe about the same amount as they did last year. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • Americans Still Strongly Fear Inflation and Expect to Pay for It

    With inflation worries at recent highs, the number of Americans who are paying more for groceries also has risen to its highest level in over two years. There's an increasing lack of confidence, too, that the Federal Reserve Board can keep inflation under control.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 88% of American Adults say they are paying more for groceries this year than the year before. This finding is up six points from last month and the highest since May 2012. Only seven percent (7%) say they are not paying more than they were a year ago, the lowest finding since January 2012. Five percent (5%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • 36% Say Now’s a Good Time to Sell a House

    Fewer Americans now believe it’s a good time to sell a house in their area, although most still consider buying one a good investment.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 36% of American Adults now say this is a good time for someone in their area to sell a home. That’s down eight points from last month’s high of 44% and back to the level seen in May. Still, it remains far more optimistic than Americans have been in most surveys since the spring of 2009. Thirty-nine percent (39%) disagree and say it’s not a good time to sell a house. That's up from 32% in June, but this figure has generally run in the 40s for more than a year now. One-in-four (25%) are now not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 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 Still Down on Financial Bailouts

    Half of U.S. voters continue to believe the government bailouts of the financial industry were a bad move.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters say, looking back, the bailouts of the financial industry were bad for the United States. Thirty-one percent (31%) say the bailouts were good for the country, while 19% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 11-12, 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.

  • 50% Have Confidence in Nation’s Banks

    The fallout from the 2008 Wall Street meltdown continues: Just this week, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the largest civil penalty paid to date by a U.S. bank for illegal dealings in the period prior to the meltdown - $7 billion paid by Citicorp. After Americans’ confidence in the U.S. banking system reached a post-meltdown high in January, it has now fallen back to levels seen for much of the last five years.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 50% of American Adults now are at least somewhat confident in the stability of the nation’s banks, and that includes only nine percent (9%) who are Very Confident. Forty-five percent (45%) are not confident in the banking industry, with 12% who are Not At All Confident. (To see survey question wording, click here).

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

  • Number Who Say Their Home Worth More Now Is At Three-Year High

    Homeowners are more confident about their home’s appreciation than they’ve been in several years.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 84% of Adult Homeowners are at least somewhat confident that they know how much their home is worth in the housing market today. Twelve percent (12%) are not. That includes 51% who are Very Confident they know their home’s worth and just three percent (3%) who are Not At All Confident. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 663 Adult Homeowners was conducted on July 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.