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  • Few Think They Have True Freedom of Speech Today

    With beloved holiday songs and shows now coming under fire for supposedly inappropriate messages, many are wondering whether free speech is officially dead.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 26% of American Adults believe they have true freedom of speech today, while most (68%) think Americans have to be careful not to say something politically incorrect to avoid getting in trouble. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 6 & 9, 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 Overwhelmingly Celebrate Christmas

    Christmas is once again top dog this holiday season, as most Americans prepare to welcome Santa and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ this December.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 82% of American Adults will be celebrating Christmas this holiday season, the long-running winner. Just three percent (3%) of Americans are celebrating Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Yule, while two percent (2%) will celebrate some other religious observance. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 6 & 9, 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.

  • 74% Say Christmas Should Be Celebrated in Public Schools

    Most Americans continue to believe Christmas should be celebrated in public schools, and that there’s a place for religious symbols on public land.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 74% of American Adults say Christmas should be celebrated in public schools, while 14% disagree. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 6 & 9, 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 Aren't Enthusiastic About Driverless Cars

    Uber is restarting its testing of driverless cars, eight months after one of their self-driving vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian, but Americans aren’t any readier to embrace the technology.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 14% of American Adults say they would hire a self-driving car through a service like Uber or Lyft. Seventy-five percent (75%) say they would opt for a car they can drive instead. Another 12% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on December 6 & 9, 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.

  • Jesus Vs. Santa, And The Winner Is…

    Most Americans still believe Jesus is the reason for the season and prefer commercial Christmas greetings over generic holiday ones.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that two-out-of three American Adults (67%) believe Christmas should be more about Jesus Christ than about Santa Claus. Just 14% think the holiday should be more Santa-focused, while 19% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 4-5, 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 In a Decorating Mood This Holiday Season

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and perhaps that’s because more Americans are decorating their home this year for the holidays.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 78% of American Adults say they plan on decorating their home this holiday season. Eighteen percent (18%) do not. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 4-5, 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.

  • One-In-Five Have Food Allergies in Their Family

    Researchers worldwide are investigating a rise in food allergies, especially among children. Here in the United States, roughly one-in-five Americans say they have been impacted by the potentially fatal problem, most often as the result of nut allergies.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 19% of American Adults say they or a member of their immediate family suffers from a food allergy, while 74% do not. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on December 4-5, 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 Still Support Voluntary Euthanasia

    California has adopted a law that allows doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs if they determine a patient has six months or less to live, and Americans continue to favor such voluntary euthanasia laws. Many would even consider it for themselves or a loved one.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of American Adults favor a law allowing voluntary euthanasia in the state where they live. Thirty-two percent (32%) are opposed to such a law, but 16% remain undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The 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.

  • Online is Key For Holiday Shoppers This Year

    This year’s biggest online shopping day, Cyber Monday, broke sales records, and most plan to do at least some of their holiday shopping this year via the web. Regardless of how they shop, though, most Americans enjoy the process.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 80% of American Adults will do at least some of their holiday gift shopping online, including 33% who plan to do all or most of their shopping on the internet. Just 18% won’t be going online at all to buy gifts this year. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    This 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.

  • Fewer Americans Have Started Holiday Shopping Post-Black Friday

    Americans are getting a slower start on their holiday shopping this year than in years past, which may have contributed to the reported lower-than-usual Black Friday sales for stores.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of American Adults have now started their holiday gift shopping, up from 44% a week ago  but down from 65% who had started by this time a year ago.  Another 42% still have not started their gift shopping yet, up from 30% after Black Friday and Cyber Monday last year. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    This survey of 1,000 American Adults nationwide was conducted on November 26-27, 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.

  • Little Enthusiasm for Cloning Loved Ones

    A Chinese scientist claims to have created the world’s first gene-edited twins, altering their genes to theoretically be resistant to HIV infection. Naturally, the news has sparked a moral debate about cloning and genetic modification. Few Americans would want to clone a loved one themselves and think the whole process overall needs government regulation.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 15% of American Adults would want to clone a loved one who has passed away if science made it possible. Most (70%) would not want to clone a loved one, while another 15% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on November 26-27, 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.

  • 38% Will Be Hitting the Stores Today for Black Friday

    Despite the frenzy over Black Friday deals, most Americans are staying home.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 38% of American Adults say they’re at least somewhat likely to go shopping on the day after Thanksgiving to take advantage of Black Friday sales deals, including 20% who are Very Likely to do so. Most (59%) are not likely to partake in the biggest shopping day of the year, including 29% who are Not At All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    This survey of 1,000 American Adults nationwide was conducted on November 18-19, 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.

  • Most Are Spending Thanksgiving at Home This Year

    Many still see Thanksgiving as an important holiday, but it’s one they like to spend in the comfort of their own home.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 49% of American Adults consider Thanksgiving to be one of our nation’s most important holidays, up slightly from 46% last year but generally in line with surveys since 2006. Just seven percent (7%) consider Thanksgiving one of the nation’s least important holidays, while 41% see it as somewhere in between. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    This survey of 1,000 American Adults nationwide was conducted on November 18-19, 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 Getting A Head Start on Holiday Shopping

    Americans aren’t waiting for Thanksgiving to be done to start their holiday shopping, and a growing number say they plan on opening their wallets wider this year than in years past.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 44% of American Adults have already started their holiday gift shopping. That’s down slightly from last year’s all-time high of 47%,  but higher than findings from previous surveys dating back to 2006. Fifty-three percent (53%) have not started their shopping yet. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    This survey of 1,000 American Adults nationwide was conducted on November 14-15, 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.

  • Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee Remembered Fondly

    The beloved head of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, died this week at 95, leaving behind a long legacy, including fan-favorite character, Spider-Man, among many others.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 47% of American Adults have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of Lee, born Stanley Martin Lieber, including 28% with a Very Favorable one. Just 12% view the former Marvel publisher unfavorably, including three percent (3%) with a Very Unfavorable opinion. But 40% don’t know enough about the comic book magnate to venture an opinion. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • Few Consider Spanking Child Abuse

    The American Academy of Pediatrics this week announced a new policy statement strongly against spanking children, citing studies that find it is both ineffective as a punishment and potentially harmful in the long term. But adults don’t agree, and very few would go as far as to consider it child abuse.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 18% of American Adults favor laws proposed in some states that would make it illegal for parents to spank their child. Fifty-eight percent (58%) oppose such laws, while another 24% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on November 12-13, 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 Don't See a Better Future for Children

    Despite the positive turn in the economy and job market over the last two years, faith in our children’s future has waned.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 28% of American Adults now think today’s children will be better off than their parents, down slightly from a six-year high of 31% in February 2017.

    Forty-seven percent (47%) do not think today’s children will be better off, up from 2017’s all-time low of 42%, but another 25% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on November 4-5, 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 Salute Military Service This Veterans Day

    Veterans Day, a federal holiday honoring those who have served in the U.S. military, is this Sunday, and many Americans rank it as one of the nation’s most significant days.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of American Adults consider Veterans Day one of our nation’s most important holidays. Just four percent (4%) see Veterans Day as one of the least important. holidays, while 42% rank it somewhere in between the two. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • More Now Favor the Death Penalty

    President Trump has long been calling for more use of the death penalty, and as prosecutors are now seeking the death penalty for accused Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Robert Bowers, more Americans agree with the president’s call to action, though they’d like to see it carried out more quickly.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 61% of American Adults now favor the death penalty, up from 54% in 2017  but still down from a high of 67% in July 2012, shortly after the mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.  Before that, support had stayed in a narrow range of 60% to 63% since November 2009.

    Twenty-three percent (23%) now oppose capital punishment, down from 31% in 2017, while 15% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 29-30, 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.

  • Many Believe Media Coverage of Shootings Inspires More Violence

    Following the most recent mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Americans still worry the media’s coverage of such violence inspires copycats.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 33% of American Adults think the media covers mass shootings like the one in Pittsburgh too much, though that’s down from 44% following the shooting in southern California in 2014  and 54% following the 2013 shooting at a Washington, DC Navy Yard.

    A plurality (46%) now thinks the level of media coverage for mass shooting events is about right, up from 33% four years ago, while 15% think there isn’t enough coverage. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 29-30, 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.