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  • 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.)  

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    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.

  • Most Say They’re Taxed More Than Their Fair Share

    More Americans than ever think they are overtaxed despite last year’s tax cuts and tax reform.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of American Adults believe they are paying more than their fair share of taxes. In regular surveying for the past 10 years, this finding has ranged from a low of 45% in 2017 to a previous high of 55% the year before.

    Just 26% say they are not overtaxed compared to people who make more or less than they do. Seventeen percent (17%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 11-12, 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 Springs Forward

    The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index climbed to 142.4 in March, up seven points from last month  and ranking with 2018’s highs.

    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.

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

  • 41% Have Already Filed Their Income Taxes

    Despite the lure of bigger deductions from changes in federal tax law, Americans haven’t stepped up the pace of filing their tax returns.

    Forty-one percent (41%) of American Adults say they already have filed their income taxes. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 46% plan to file by the April 15 deadline, while six percent (6%) intend to seek an extension. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 25-26, 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.

  • Half See Economic Growth As More Important Than Fairness

    Voters continue to prioritize growing the economy over ensuring it’s fair, but most already consider it fair.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters think, generally speaking, economic growth is more important than economic fairness. Forty-three percent (43%) think fairness is more important. These findings have remained fairly consistent in surveys since January 2013. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 7 and 10, 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.

  • Democrats Say Best People Belong in Government Roles

    The Green New Deal would undoubtedly lead to an expansion of the federal government. Democrats think the best thing for the United States is if the country’s best employees find government work, but Republicans aren’t so convinced.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is better for America if the best people take government jobs, while 31% think the best people should work in the private sector. A sizable 26% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 13-14, 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 Rebounds to 2018 Highs

    With the five-week government shutdown behind us, the Dow Jones Industrial Average working its way back up to October’s all-time high and the unemployment rate still near record lows, consumers are smiling once again.

    The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index climbed to 135.9 in February, up six points from last month and in line with findings from the end of 2018 prior to the shutdown.

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