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  • Americans Still Like Teachers' Unions, But Half Say They Look Out For Their Own

    As teachers in Los Angeles, home to the nation’s second-largest school district, continue to strike, support for teachers’ unions remains up. However, a majority think teachers' unions put membership protection over the quality of education.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 45% of American Adults say, in terms of its impact on the nation, it is a good thing that most teachers belong to public employee unions. Twenty-nine percent (29%) think it’s a bad thing, while 11% believe it has no impact. Another 15% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 14-15, 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.

  • Support for Unions Hold Steady Despite Public Employee Strikes

    The current teachers’ strike in Los Angeles and those in other states last year have not cooled Americans’ support for labor unions.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of American Adults favor private-sector unions, while 29% oppose them. The latest findings include 25% who Strongly Favor unions for private sector employees and 12% who Strongly Oppose them. Thirteen percent  (13%) aren’t sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 14-15, 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 Takes a Hit in the New Year

    Following a rocky few months on Wall Street and the partial government shutdown at the end of December, consumer confidence struggles to keep up the enthusiasm felt throughout 2018.

    The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index dropped to 129.7 in January, down eight points from last month and the lowest finding since November 2017.

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

  • Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Closes Out 2018 Among Four-Year Highs

    Although 2018 didn’t end with the same fervor of economic confidence that we saw at the beginning of the year, the final numbers are certainly nothing to sneeze at.

    The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index for December dropped one point to 138.0, in line with most of 2018.

    (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 December 2-3, 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 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.

    (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 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.