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  • 21% Rate Prince's Death As a Bigger Loss to the Nation Than Scalia's

    A surprising number of Americans rate the death of Prince as a bigger blow to the country than the passing of longtime U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Most think the media has definitely been treating the popular musician's death as the bigger loss.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 64% of American Adults say Scalia's death is more important to the nation than the death of Prince. Twenty-one percent (21%) rate Prince's death last week as the bigger national calamity. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 25-26, 2016 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 Parents Say No to Standardized Testing

    Parental opposition to standardized testing in schools remains high, even as the latest cycle of tests is beginning in many states. Most parents now say there’s no need for any such tests at all.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 64% of American Adults with children of elementary or secondary school age believe there is too much emphasis on standardized tests in schools these days. That’s little changed from December but up from 57% in November 2013 when we first asked this question.

    Just 18% of these parents think there is not enough emphasis on standardized tests, a finding that hasn’t changed over the years, while 12% rate the balance as about right. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 21 and 24, 2016 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 Pro-Environment But Don't Thank Earth Day

    While most Americans say they’ve donated time or money to clean up the environment, they don’t feel strongly that Earth Day, a tradition established in 1970, has been all that important in increasing environmental consciousness.

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 19-20, 2016 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.

  • Texting During the Movie? No Way

    Last week, movie theater chain AMC announced plans to allow text messaging in certain theaters during movie screenings, then quickly reversed its decision after a swift backlash. But even the mention of the idea was enough to get people talking, and their reaction was decisive: no texting during the movie.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that most American Adults (59%) are less likely to go to a theater where people can text during the movie. Just six percent (6%) are more likely to go to a movie theater where texting is allowed, while 32% say it has no impact on their viewing decisions. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 17-18, 2016 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 Put Country and God First

    After family, what do Americans believe in most strongly? Their country and their religious faith.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that, other than their family, 29% of American Adults feel their strongest personal allegiance to their country, followed closely by 26% who say their religious group.

    In 2013, those two were slightly reversed, with 35% putting their church first and 31% saying their country.

    Today, 12% feel the strongest allegiance to their community, while 11% say the same of their job. Just four percent (4%) or less feel the strongest loyalty to their political party, their state or some other community organization. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on April 11-12, 2016 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 Reject Plans to Pay Killers Not to Kill

    In an effort to reduce their homicide rates, several major cities including Baltimore, Miami, Toledo and Washington, D.C. are considering a plan to pay criminals not to murder with a gun. Americans overwhelmingly reject that idea.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 81% of American Adults oppose a plan in their community that would pay criminals up to $1,000 a month not to kill someone with a gun. Just five percent (5%) favor such a plan, while 13% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 28-29, 2016 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 Don't Blame Cops for Shooting Incidents

    Despite the continuing debate over police conduct, more Americans than ever say their local officers are doing a good job, and most still don't think cops are to blame for the majority of shootings they are involved in.

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 28-29, 2016 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.

  • Should Texting While Walking Be Against the Law?

    To reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities, a New Jersey lawmaker has proposed penalizing those who use cell phones without hands-free devices on sidewalks and beside roadways. More than a third of Americans are on board with that idea.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 37% of American Adults favor a law in their community that would ban walkers from texting or talking on a cell phone while attempting to cross a street. Nearly half (48%), however, are opposed to the idea. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 24 and 27, 2016 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 Americans Will Attend Church This Easter

    While Easter is not the most important holiday of the year for the majority of Americans, most plan on attending a church service to honor it. 

    Thirty-nine percent (39%) of American Adults continue to regard Easter, the day Christians believe marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as one of our nation’s most important holidays. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 12% think it’s among the least important holidays, while 46% place it somewhere in between. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 22-23, 2016 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.

  • Three Quarters of Americans Believe Jesus Rose From the Dead

    Americans’ belief in Jesus Christ’s resurrection is even higher this Easter.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 77% of American Adults believe Jesus Christ was the son of God sent to Earth to die for our sins. Fourteen percent (14%) don’t believe that to be true. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 22-23, 2016 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.

  • Happy Birthday, Slurpee!

    This year marks the 50th  anniversary of the Slurpee, the frozen carbonated beverage sold at 7-Eleven convenience stores worldwide, and Americans have fond feelings toward the sugary, icy drink.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 61% of American Adults have had a Slurpee before, while just 29% have not. Ten percent (10%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on March 20-21, 2016 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 Welcome The Arrival of Spring

    Sunday was the first official day of spring, leaving behind Americans' least favorite season and putting most in a better mood.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds 30% of American Adults regard spring as their favorite season of the year. Nearly as many (29%) name summer as their favorite, while slightly more (31%) say fall is the best. Only five percent (5%), however, name winter as their favorite time of year. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 16-17, 2016 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 We Have Less Freedom of Speech

    Freedom of speech. It’s the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and for many the most important. But most Americans still feel it’s in danger.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 97% of American Adults consider freedom of speech important, including 84% who say it’s Very Important. Just two percent (2%) rate this constitutional right not very or Not At All Important. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 14-15, 2016 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 Americans Support Same-Sex Adoptions

    Following a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision this week to uphold an adoption by a lesbian couple in Georgia, just over half of Americans say they support same-sex couples adopting children.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of American Adults favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt children. Thirty-two percent (32%) are opposed, while 16% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on March 8-9, 2016 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 Angry About Politics But Not at Each Other

    Americans are very angry politically as the surprising success of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders clearly indicates, but fortunately they're not taking that anger out on their family and friends.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 19% of American Adults say the upcoming election has negatively affected their personal relationship with a friend or family member. That’s down eight points from the 27% who told us that during the last presidential election cycle in 2012. Seventy-six percent (76%) say the election has not negatively affected any of their relationships. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on March 2-3, 2016 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.

  • Are Americans Honest at Tax Time?

    Americans don't consider their fellow countrymen an overly honest group, but they think most play fair when it comes to their taxes. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 25 and 28, 2016 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.

  • Oscars Controversy Has Little Impact on Viewing Audience

    This Sunday’s 88th Academy Awards are marred by controversy over a lack of diversity among the nominees, but viewers don't seem to mind.

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on February 23-24, 2016 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 Apple Right To Challenge The FBI?

    Voters disagree with Apple’s decision to challenge a federal court order to unlock an iPhone used by one of the attackers in the San Bernardino, California terrorist massacre, with even more continuing to say preventing terrorism is more important than protecting Americans’ privacy.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 36% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with Apple’s decision to not meet the FBI’s request to unlock the suspect’s phone, but 50% disagree. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 17-18, 2016 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 OK With – But Not Excited About – Presidents’ Day

    Americans don’t rate Presidents’ Day too highly on their list of federal holidays, but most think the number of holidays celebrated by the federal government is about right.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 11% of American Adults believe Presidents’ Day is one of the nation’s most important holidays. Nearly three times as many (30%) say it’s one of the least important holidays. For most Americans (57%), it remains somewhere in between. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 11 and 14, 2016 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 Life in America's Prisons Too Hard?

    President Obama's recent executive actions on solitary confinement and the treatment of mentally ill prisoners are the latest efforts in a bipartisan push to reform the country’s prison system. While most Americans agree that too many people are incarcerated, many also feel conditions in America's prisons today aren't tough enough. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 26-27, 2016 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.