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  • Americans Worry Less About Growing Economic Reliance on the Internet

    Online shopping is on the rise this holiday season, meaning more online credit card use than ever. But despite frequently reported hacking efforts, Americans are less concerned that their reliance on the internet puts the overall economy at risk.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 56% of American Adults still think the country’s increasing reliance on the internet for business and financial transactions makes the economy more vulnerable to attack. However, this is down from 2017’s high of 69% following the international WannaCry cyberattacks,  and more in line with surveys prior to that.

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    This survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 2-3, 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.

  • Concerns Over Credit Card Spending Habits Rise

    With holiday shopping in full swing once again, Americans continue to worry that people are spending beyond their means.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 74% of American Adults now think most Americans need to cut back on how much they use credit cards, up from last year’s all-time low of 67%. In 2014, 81% thought Americans needed to cut down on their credit card usage. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    This survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 2-3, 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.

  • Opposition to GM Bailouts Rises With News of Layoffs

    General Motors announced last week that it plans to cut more than 14,000 employees in North America. This news makes Americans regret the federal government’s bailout GM received during the Great Recession.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 32% of American Adults say, looking back, it was a good idea for the federal government to provide bailout funding for General Motors. Forty percent (40%) think it was a bad idea, while 28% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on November 28-29, 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 Are Bullish On Their Local Housing Market

    Americans have record confidence in the value of their homes and are more convinced than they have been in years that it’s a good market for home sellers.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 53% of American Adults believe, generally speaking, that this is a good time for someone in their area to be selling a home. The previous high was 44% in June 2014. Just 17% don’t think it’s a good time to sell locally, while 29% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • Homeowner Optimism Still Among Record Highs

    As the year is coming to an end, homeowners are more optimistic than ever that their home is worth more than they owe on it, and they expect that value to keep rising through 2019.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 69% of American Homeowners now say the value of their home is worth more than the amount they owe on their mortgage, up from May’s previous nine-year high of 66%.  Just 21% now say their home’s value is not worth more than what they owe on it, but 10% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 720 American Homeowners was conducted on November 20, 2018 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: Economic Confidence Unshaken by Market Jitters

    The recent ups and downs of the stock market have done little to sway Americans’ confidence in the economy, but they're a little less upbeat about the direction of their own personal finances.

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

  • Most Americans Know Their Credit Score

    FICO, the developer of the most widely used credit score, is rolling out a new credit scoring system next year that takes checking and savings accounts into consideration in addition to credit and loan accounts. This could most help those with low or no credit scores who have problems securing credit, though few Americans say they’ve been in that position recently.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that nearly three-quarters of American Adults (73%) know their credit score. Just 18% do not, and another 10% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on November 8 & 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.

  • 39% Expect Bigger Income A Year From Now

    Consumer confidence is on the rise, but Americans don’t think their income is following the same trajectory.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 39% of American Adults say, a year from now, their income will be higher than it is now. Eight percent (8%) think it will be lower, while half (48%) say it will be about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 31-November 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 Are Still Optimistic About Jobs, Economic Opportunity

    With unemployment at record lows, Americans remain highly confident about the job market, and most still think just about anyone can get ahead in today's world.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that two-thirds (67%) of American Adults believe it is possible for anyone who really wants to work in this country to find a job, little changed from May’s all-time high of 68%. This finding had been in the low 60s since late 2014, but prior to that time it ranged from 29% to 54%.

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on November 4-5, 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 Concerned U.S. Economy Headed For Another Recession

    Despite a rocky week on Wall Street, Americans remain more optimistic than they’ve been in past years about the direction of the stock market, but a majority are concerned that the U.S. economy is headed for another recession.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 55% of American Adults say they are at least somewhat concerned that the stock market bubble will burst and push the U.S. economy back into recession, including 25% who say they are very concerned. Thirty-nine percent (39%) say they are not concerned, with 11% who are not at all concerned. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 25 and 28, 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.