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  • Consumer Spending Update: Consumer Confidence Remains Near Five-Year Highs

    The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index held steady at 140.8 in September, virtually unchanged from last month and still among 2019's highs to date.

    Enthusiasm about the economy started to grow immediately following Donald Trump's election as president in November 2016 and spiked to 145.9 in February 2018. 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.

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.  

    The survey of 1,500 American Adults was conducted on September 1-2, 2019 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.

  • Most Oppose Taxpayer Bailout of Ailing Union Pension Funds

    A number of trade union pension funds are now well short of the money they need to pay promised benefits. But most voters oppose legislation now working its way through Congress to siphon billions of dollars in loans and direct cash to these ailing funds.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters oppose a taxpayer bailout of underfunded union pension funds. Just 26% support a pension bailout. A sizable 21% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 11-12, 2019 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.

  • Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Steadies, Still Near All-Time Highs

    The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index dropped to 140.9 in August, down nearly four points from last month but still among 2019's highs to date.

    Enthusiasm about the economy started to grow immediately following Donald Trump's election as president in November 2016 and spiked to 145.9 in February 2018. 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.

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.  

    The survey of 1,500 American Adults was conducted on August 1, 2019 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.

  • Americans Owe Less, Worry Less About Rising Interest Rates

    Americans aren’t complaining as much about higher debt these days and are much less likely to see higher interest rates on the horizon.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 19% of American Adults say they owe more money than they did a year ago. This compares to 34% five years ago and is the lowest finding in surveying since early 2009. Thirty-seven percent (37%) say they owe less than they did last year at this time, while 39% say their level of debt is about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 11 and 14, 2019 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 Remains At Record Highs

    Homeowners continue to feel better about the housing market than they have in years.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of American homeowners think the value of their home is likely to go up over the next year. That’s up from 49% last November and just short of the all-time high of 53% reached in October 2017. Ten years ago, just 20% were that optimistic. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

    The survey of 725 American Homeowners was conducted on July 9-10, 2019 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.

  • Consumer Spending Update: A Giant Leap in Consumer Confidence

    The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index jumped to 144.5 in July, up over nine points from last month and just shy of its all-time high in February 2018.

    Enthusiasm about the economy started to grow immediately following Donald Trump's election as president in November 2016 and spiked to 145.9 in February 2018. 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.

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.  

    The survey of 1,500 American Adults was conducted on July 1-2, 2019 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.

  • Many Still Know Someone Out of Work, Someone Who’s Given Up

    Perhaps surprisingly, with unemployment rates at historic lows, more Americans say they know people who can’t find jobs, although the number is still well below findings during the Obama years. Democrats are the most pessimistic about the job market in the near future.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 47% of American Adults say they know someone who is out of work and looking for a job. That’s up from a low of 41% last October, but this finding ran from the high 60s to the low 80s during Barack Obama’s presidency. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 7-8, 2019 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.

  • Consumer Spending Update: Americans Slightly Less Confident in Economy, But OK to Keep Spending

    The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index dropped to 136.0 in June, down seven points from last month and the lowest finding since February.

    Enthusiasm about the economy started to grow immediately following Donald Trump's election as president in November 2016 and spiked to 145.9 in February 2018. 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.

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.  

    The survey of 1,500 American Adults was conducted on June 2-3, 2019 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.

  • Even Democrats Like Trump’s Plan to Put Costs in TV Drug Ads

    Americans strongly support President Trump’s plan to require TV ads to list drug prices, and most think it’s likely to force down costs.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey shows that 69% of American Adults favor a proposal to require all ads for drugs on TV to say how much they will cost consumers. Only 13% are opposed, but slightly more (18%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on May 20-21, 2019 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.

  • Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Inches Toward 5-Year High

    The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index climbed to 143.4 in May, up three points from last month and the highest finding this year.

    Enthusiasm about the economy started to grow immediately following Donald Trump's election as president in November 2016 and spiked to 145.9 in February 2018. 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.