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  • Most Americans Concerned About U.S.-China Trade War

    The United States is setting the stage for a trade war with China over the Trump administration’s increased tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese imports, something nearly two-thirds of Americans are concerned about.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 62% of American Adults are at least somewhat concerned about a possible U.S. trade war with China, including 32% who are Very Concerned. Just 34% are not concerned about an impending trade war, 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 July 11-12, 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

  • Is AI the Future for American Jobs?

    Americans are leery that most human jobs will be replaced by artificial intelligence in the future.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 47% of American Adults think it is at least somewhat likely that artificial intelligence will eventually take over most human jobs, including 16% who think it’s Very Likely. Just as many (46%), however, don’t see an AI takeover as likely, including seven percent (7%) who say it’s Not At All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 10, 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.

  • Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Still Among Record Highs

    Spending may have grounded for summer, but sentiments on the economy are still flying high.

    The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index rose nearly three points from June to 140.5, the second highest index in four years of surveying. Enthusiasm about the economy started to grow immediately following Donald Trump's election as president in November 2016 and spiked at 145.9 in February of this year. 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 July 1-2, 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.

  • Can Robots Replace Workers? Americans Think It's Likely

    A report released in November found that as many as 800 million workers worldwide could be replaced by robots by 2030. That’s not shocking to most Americans, but they also don’t believe they are easily replaceable.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 64% of American Adults think it’s at least Somewhat Likely that most jobs in America will be done by robots or computers 25 years from now, including 21% who believe it’s Very Likely. Thirty percent (30%) don’t think that scenario is likely, with five percent (5%) who feel it’s Not at all Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on June 17-18, 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.

  • Consumer Spending Update: Confidence in the Economy Remains High

    Despite reports that inflation is at a six-year high, Americans remain upbeat about the economy.

    The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index remained unchanged at 137.9 this month, down less than a half a point from May. Enthusiasm about the economy started to grow immediately following Donald Trump's election as president in November 2016 and spiked at 145.9 in February of this year. 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 June 3-4, 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.

  • Americans Say Government Workers Have It Made

    Despite President Trump’s recent executive orders making it easier to effectively discipline and fire bad federal employees, most Americans still think a government job is the gig to have.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 62% of American Adults think workers in the private sector work harder than their government counterparts. That’s up from an all-time low of 57% last September  but more in line with previous surveys.  Just 12% think government workers work harder than those in the private sector, but another 26% are not sure who works harder. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on June 3-4, 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 Say It's Too Hard to Fire Government Workers

    President Trump last week signed a series of executive orders that, among other things, makes it easier to fire unionized federal workers. That's something most Americans agree is too difficult to do.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 58% of American Adults think it’s too hard to get rid of poorly performing government employees. Just nine percent (9%) think it’s too easy, while 21% think the level of difficulty is about right. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • Voters Want to See the Best People in Government Jobs

    With confidence in the economy and the job market at record highs, support for putting the best people into government work is up, especially among young, Democratic voters. This comes as President Trump recently signed a series of executive orders that, among other things, will make it easier for employers to fire federal employees.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is better for America if the best people take government jobs, while 27% think it is better if the best people go to work in the private sector. Just as many (28%), though, are undecided over which is better for the nation. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 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 Even More Optimistic About Economic Opportunity in U.S.

    Following record levels of confidence in the job market, Americans are more optimistic than ever about the ability to get a job, work hard and succeed in America today.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 68% of American Adults now think it is possible for anyone who really wants to work to find a job. This finding has been in the low-60s since late 2014 and hit a previous high of 63% last July. Prior to 2014, this number ranged from 29% to 54%. Just 24% now say it is not possible for anyone who really wants to work to find a job, also a new low. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on May 24 & 27, 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 Waiting to See How New Starbucks Policy Affects Business

    Following the controversial arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia shop last month, Starbucks has rolled out a new policy that allows anyone to use its facilities and cafes whether or not they make a purchase. But Americans aren't sure what to expect from the new policy.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 32% of American Adults expect this new policy to be good for Starbucks' business, but nearly as many (28%) think the new policy will be bad for business. Another 32% think allowing almost anyone to use Starbucks' restrooms, cafes and patios regardless of whether they make a purchase will have no impact on the coffee giant's business. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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