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  • Workers See Wage Increases in Near Future

    American workers are more confident than ever that they will get a salary boost in the near future, and most continue to believe the best opportunity for career advancement is to stay put.

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 16-17 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

  • One-in-Four Have Bought Groceries Online

    Amazon’s 2017 deal with Whole Foods positioned the digital giant to grow their subscription pantry delivery service, but while online shopping may be all the rage, it seems to be catching on more slowly for food shopping. No matter whether they’re making their food purchases online or in a retail store though, Americans are much less likely to say they’re paying more for groceries now.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 23% of American Adults have ever ordered groceries online. Seventy-four percent (74%) have not shopped online for groceries through services like Amazon or Peapod. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 4 & 7, 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 Continues Upward Climb As Spending Slows

    2018 has kicked off with economic confidence abound, but despite the positive financial outlook, Americans are slowing down on spending following a busy holiday shopping season.

    The overall Rasmussen Reports Economic Index rose nearly seven points to 139.3 for January, the highest in three years of tracking. Enthusiasm about the economy started to grow immediately following the 2016 presidential election and continues to show the highest level of confidence since this tracking began in 2014. In President Obama’s final years in office, this index reached a high of 121.5 only once in January 2015 and was at 108.1 in his last month in the White House.

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

  • Americans Don't Give Infrastructure High Marks, But Don't Want to Pay to Fix It

    President Trump said the Amtrak crash in Washington state yesterday illustrates his argument for a massive overhaul of U.S. infrastructure, a plan he intends to submit soon. But while Americans don’t think too highly of infrastructure where they live, they don’t want to pay anything to upgrade it.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 33% of American Adults rate the safety of roads, bridges, dams, tunnels and the like in the area where they live as good or excellent. Nineteen percent (19%) rate the infrastructure safety in their area poorly. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on December 14 & 17, 2017 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.

  • Sex and Race Matter in Middle Class Identity

    The majority of American adults continues to identify as middle class, but sex and race are among the factors that shape that identity and what it means.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 59% of American Adults consider themselves to be in the middle class, basically unchanged from April of last year. But the number who describe themselves as upper middle class has risen from 16% to 21% in that same period. Only two percent (2%) say they are wealthy, while 16% feel they are poor, down from 20% in the previous survey. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    This survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 10-11, 2017 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 Continues to Soar

    Today’s newly released jobs report, although unchanged from last month, finds the unemployment rate remaining at its lowest level in more than 17 years. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) continues to hover over the 24,000 mark, and Congress is nearing passage of a tax reform plan that has taxpayers anticipating cuts by the end of the year. Economically speaking, the good news just keeps coming, and consumers are feeling it.

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    The survey of 1,500 American Adults was conducted on December 3-4, 2017 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.

  • Half Anticipate Tax Cuts By Year’s End

    The Senate passed the GOP’s tax reform bill in a middle-of-the-night vote over the weekend. Half of voters think it’s likely that Congress will go through with the tax cuts before the end of the year, but they’re torn on whether they will end up cutting taxes too much or not enough.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters think it’s at least somewhat likely that Congress will cut taxes for most Americans before year’s end, including 24% who say it’s Very Likely. Forty-five percent (45%) think it’s unlikely Congress will go through with the tax cuts before 2018, including 19% who say it’s Not At All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on November 30 & December 3, 2017 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 Less Likely To Say Credit Cards Tempt Spending

    The holiday shopping season is now in high gear, but fewer Americans are concerned that having credit cards tempt people to spend more than they can afford. That doesn’t mean they don’t see the need to cut back on spending though.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 64% of American Adults now say that credit cards tempt people to buy things they can’t afford, a finding that has been dropping steadily since 2009 when 83% of Americans said the same. By 2014, that number dropped to 78%.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    This survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on November 21, 2017 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 Cash Making a Comeback?

    Are Americans returning to the ways of good old hard cash? Plastic is still the choice for their main spending, but they’re less likely to go cash-free for a week than in past years.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 47% of American Adults have gone a full week without paying for anything with cash and coins. That’s down slightly from 50% in early 2016 and 53% the year prior. It is slightly up, though, from 43% in 2012 when we first asked the question. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on November 19-20, 2017 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 Starting Their Holiday Shopping Early This Year

    Americans are jumping the gun on holiday shopping this year, with nearly half who say they’ve already started even before Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals hit.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 47% of American Adults have already started their holiday gift shopping before Thanksgiving, up from 40% this time last year  and the highest number of early shoppers since Rasmussen Reports began asking this question in 2006.  Just as many (49%) have not started their shopping yet. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    This survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on November 15-16, 2017 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.