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  • Americans Aren’t Pulling for an Internet Sales Tax

    Congress is currently debating whether online retailers like Amazon should charge sales tax on purchases, even if the seller and buyer aren’t in the same state. A majority of Americans do at least some shopping online, and they are not fans of taxing those purchases.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 66% of American Adults oppose a sales tax in their state on items purchased online, even if the store they buy from is not in their state. Just 21% favor an internet sales tax, while 13% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 6-7, 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 Don't Support Bailouts for Cities Like Hartford

    Hartford, the state capital of Connecticut, is close to declaring bankruptcy, saying it won't be able to pay all its bills within 60 days. But just as they did when Detroit was nearing bankruptcy in 2013, Americans don’t want the government getting involved.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 28% of American Adults think the federal government should provide bailout funding for cities with serious financial problems such as Hartford. Forty-seven percent (47%) do not think the federal government should be providing bailouts to struggling cities, but 25% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • Americans Say Sales Tax Fairest of Taxes

    Even as the fight over charging sales tax for online retailers ensues in Congress, Americans still think sales tax is the most fair type of tax they pay. But they’re nearly as likely to see income tax as both the most (and least) fair type of tax today.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 39% of American Adults, when given four chief types of taxation, view a sales tax as the one that is most fair. Thirty percent (30%) rate an income tax as fairest, while eight percent (8%) feel that way about property taxes and 5% consider a payroll tax the most fair. Eighteen percent (18%) 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 American Adults was conducted on September 6-7, 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.

  • Voters Less Convinced Taxes Will Go Up Under a Trump White House

    Now that Donald Trump is in the White House, fewer voters think the president will raise taxes compared to when he was on the campaign trail. But slightly more voters see a Trump White House with more government spending.

    (Want a free daily email 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 September 4-5, 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.

  • Democrats Growing Wary of Tax Cut Benefits

    President Trump has promised to cut taxes. Voters are generally on board, but Democrats are less convinced now of the economic benefits of doing so.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters say tax cuts help the economy. That’s down slightly from 48% who said the same in April, and down a point from the previous low of 46% reached in December 2014. Most voters have long felt this way. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (Want a free daily email 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 September 4-5, 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: Spending Stalls Despite Continued Confidence in Economy

    Despite a month-over-month drop in economic confidence, consumers continue to look more favorably upon the economy and their own personal finances than they have in years past, but their enthusiasm for spending may have hit a plateau.

    (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 September 5, 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.

  • Republicans Say Cuts to Corporate Tax Rates Are An Economic Win

    President Donald Trump this week expressed his desire to slash the U.S. corporate tax rate from a high of 35% to 15%  in order to boost job growth and help middle-class Americans. A majority of Republicans are on board with that idea, but Democrats aren’t convinced that cutting the rates will help.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 46% of Likely Voters believe lowering the U.S. corporate tax rate will help the economy, while 28% think it will hurt the economy. Thirteen percent (13%) think shrinking the corporate tax rate, one of the highest in the world, will have no impact on the economy. Another 14% are not sure. (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 national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on Sept. 4-5, 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 Think Government Workers Have It Better

    Americans still think it’s a prime gig to work for the feds these days. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 31 and September 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.

  • Consumer Spending Update: Positive Economic Attitudes Mean More Spending

    With the Dow Jones continuing to reach all-time highs and unemployment at its lowest level in years, consumers aren’t just feeling better about the economy and their own personal finances. They’re starting to feel better about spending, too.

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    The survey of 1,500 American Adults was conducted on August 2 - 6, 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.

  • Americans Fear Stock Market Could Collapse

    The Dow Jones Index has been enjoying record highs since Donald Trump was elected president, but most Americans remain on edge that the stock market could collapse again. (To see survey question wording, click here).

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 7-8, 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.