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  • 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.

  • Many Fear Personal Fallout from U.S.-China Trade Spat

    As President Trump continues fighting China over its unfair trade practices, Americans remain worried, and a sizable number fear that it will impact them personally.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 61% of American Adults are at least somewhat concerned about a possible U.S. trade war with China, including 30% who are Very Concerned. Thirty-four percent (34%) don’t share that concern, with 14% who are Not At All Concerned. (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 12-13, 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.

  • Democrats Far More Likely Than Others to See Economic Trouble Ahead

    Democrats running for the White House face a big obstacle in President Trump’s booming economy, but most adults in their party are banking on an economic downturn by next year.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 39% of all American Adults think the economy will be stronger a year from now than it is today. Thirty-four percent (34%) expect it to be weaker by then. Nineteen percent (19%) predict that the economy will remain 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 May 8-9, 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.

  • Most Now See Economy As Fair to Those Who Work Hard

    With the economy booming, Americans are much more confident that hard work pays off and are worrying a lot less about the level of government dependency in the country.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 56% of American Adults now think the U.S. economy is fair to people who are willing to work hard, with 26% who say it’s Very Fair. This compares to 46% and 13% respectively in October 2015, the last time we asked this question. Thirty-seven percent (37%) still believe the economy is unfair to hard workers, but that includes only 11% who say it’s Not At All Fair. (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 2 and 5, 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.

  • Most See Job Opportunity, More Pay in Current Economy

    Most Americans remain confident about their ability to get a job and get ahead in the current economy. Most working adults expect a raise, too.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that a new high of 69% of American Adults think it is possible for anyone who really wants to work to find a job. Just 20% disagree. This compares to 68% and 24% respectively a year ago. Eleven percent (11%) remain 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 April 28-29, 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.

  • Fed Earns Higher Marks, Voters Less Worried About Independence

    President Trump continues to question the monetary moves of the Federal Reserve Board, but voters give the central bank its highest approval in years. They also suspect that the Fed is less independent of the president than it was during the Obama years.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters have a favorable opinion of the Fed, with 13% who hold a Very Favorable one. Thirty percent (30%) still view the Federal Reserve unfavorably, but that include just eight percent (8%) who view it Very Unfavorably. A sizable 18%, however, 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 April 10-11, 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.

  • Most Favor Minimum Wage of $10.50 Or Higher

    Americans remain convinced that the federal minimum wage is too low and needs to be raised. But they’re less sure that raising the minimum wage will boost the economy.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 42% of American Adults still believe raising the hourly minimum wage will help the U.S. economy, but that’s down from a high of 49% in August of last year. Thirty-one percent (31%) think raising the minimum wage will hurt the economy instead, while 16% say it will have no impact. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 4 and 7, 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.

  • Taxpayers Are Slower to Pay This Year

    Americans are behind schedule when it comes to filing their income taxes by today’s deadline.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 73% of American Adults have already filed, with another 12% who plan to file by today. But that 85% overall total is down slightly from findings over the last three years. Six percent (6%) intend to get an extension, and 10% are not sure when they will file. (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 April 10-11, 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 Remains High

    The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index dropped to 140.5 in April, down two points from last month but still ranking with 2018’s highs.

    (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 April 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.

  • Americans Step Up Their Taxpaying

    Americans have stepped up the pace of filing their income taxes and aren’t particularly worried about an IRS audit.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 60% of American Adults now say they have already filed their income taxes. That’s up from 41% three weeks ago and from 52% this time last year. But a record 63% had filed by this time in 2016.

    Twenty-seven percent (27%) more intend to file by the April 15 deadline, while four percent (4%) plan to get an extension. Nine percent (9%) haven’t made up their minds yet. (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 March 19-20, 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.