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  • 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.

  • Americans Aren’t Overly Worried About Zika Virus

    The World Health Organization this week officially declared a public health emergency in response to the rapidly spreading Zika virus in Latin America. While a majority of Americans show some concern about the virus, they also think the media overhypes such outbreaks.

    Fifty-four percent (54%) of American Adults are at least somewhat concerned personally about the threat of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, but that includes only 16% who are Very Concerned. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 42% of Americans don’t share that concern, although only 10% are Not At All Concerned. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 28 and 31, 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 It Good or Bad That Most Teachers Are In Unions?

    Detroit public school teachers are taking "sick-outs" in huge numbers in part to protest their pay, causing school shutdowns throughout the city and illustrating the power of public employee unions. Most Americans still agree that teachers are underpaid and have a slightly more positive view of teachers' unions these days. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • Benghazi Movie Is Much Hotter Ticket for GOPers Than For Democrats

    The names Obama and Clinton never appear in “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” but Republicans are still twice as likely as Democrats to have the new movie on their viewing list. The film details the on-the-ground circumstances surrounding the murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya on September 11-12, 2012, while Hillary Clinton was secretary of State.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 34% of all American Adults have seen or are likely to see “13 Hours.” Forty-four percent (44%) do not intend to see the film, but a sizable 22% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on January 20-21, 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.

  • How's Your Drinking Water?

    While the residents of Flint, Michigan deal with the repercussions of lead-contaminated drinking water, the vast majority of Americans still consider their home water supply quite dependable.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 75% of American Adults rate the quality of drinking water where they live as good or excellent, while just five percent (5%) describe it as poor. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 18-19, 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.

  • 50% Say Race Relations in America Getting Worse

    Confidence in race relations in America continues to fall, with hopes for the future at their lowest level yet.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 50% of American Adults now think race relations in this country are getting worse, up from 44% a year ago  and 30% as recently as January 2014.  Only 20% believe race relations are getting better, a new low that compares to 38% five years ago. Twenty-six percent (26%) say race relations are staying about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 14 and 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 MLK’s Dream Still Unfulfilled

    Views of Martin Luther King Jr. Day haven’t changed, but even after seven years of having the first black president in office, Americans are more dubious than ever that King’s dream of equal opportunity has been achieved. Blacks are the most skeptical.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 28% of American Adults believe America has reached the day King preached about in his famous “I Have A Dream” speech when men and women of all races have equal opportunity. That’s down from a high of 35% two years ago at this time. But 61% say the United States has not yet reached a time of equal opportunity, up from a low of 49% in 2012 and surpassing the previous high of 59% in August 2013 on the 50th anniversary of King’s speech. (To see survey question wording, click here).

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 14 and 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.

  • Did You Buy A Powerball Ticket?

    Half of Americans intended to get in on this week’s unprecedented $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot even though very few know someone who has ever won a big lottery. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 12-13, 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 View Bowie Favorably

    Ground Control to Major Tom: Most Americans are sorry you're gone.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65% of American Adults have a favorable opinion of musician and actor David Bowie who passed away Sunday night after an 18-month battle with cancer. This includes 25% with a Very Favorable view. Just 15% have a somewhat or Very Unfavorable view of Bowie. Twenty-one percent (21%) didn't know enough about him to venture any kind of opinion. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 12-13, 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.

  • 38% of Adults Under 40 Have A Tattoo

    Tattoos are certainly more commonplace in society, but are they becoming completely acceptable? (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 4-5, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 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 Like the Look of 2016

    Americans are more disappointed with last year than they expected to be but are more confident about 2016. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 30, 2015 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 New Year

    It’s officially 2016, but Americans still don't place too much importance on New Year’s Day.

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    The national telephone survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on December 30, 2015. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Americans Aren’t Big on New Year’s Resolutions

    Many Americans aren’t starting off 2016 on a new foot, but those who are plan to stick with it. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 30, 2015 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 Will Greet 2016 With A Kiss

    Americans are slightly more inclined to spend this New Year’s Eve at home, but they plan to welcome the new year just the same as always. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 28-29, 2015 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.

  • Use of Postal Service Up Again This Holiday Season

    Americans used the U.S. Postal Service more this holiday season and continue to give the quasi-governmental agency better marks than its private competitors for the way it handles their packages.

    Twenty-one percent (21%) of American Adults say they used the USPS more this holiday season than they have in previous years, while 18% say they used it less. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 60% rate their use of the Postal Service as about the same as in past years. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 27, 2015 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.

  • It’s Christmas Time In America

    Christmas remains the top holiday for most Americans.

    Fifty-nine percent (59%) of American Adults consider Christmas to be one of the nation’s most important holidays, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just six percent (6%) say Christmas is the least important holiday, while 33% say it is somewhere in between the two. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on December 22-23, 2015 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.

  • Religious Attendance Up This Christmas

    More Americans will be at religious services this holiday season. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of American Adults was conducted on December 22-23, 2015 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.

  • 14% Still Have Not Yet Begun to Holiday Shop

    ‘Tis the day before Christmas, and Americans are still shopping at a record pace.

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 22-23, 2015 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 Favor Getting the Feds Out of the Classroom

    Congress and the president earlier this month scrapped the national education dictates of George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind law and returned control of school standards to states and localities. This is expected to lessen the focus on standardized testing. Americans, especially those with school-age children, approve.

    Just 21% of American Adults believe the federal government should set the education standards for schools, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Forty percent (40%) say that’s a state responsibility, while 31% think local government should determine those standards. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on December 16-17, 2015 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 byPulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Are You Traveling This Holiday Season?

    Many Americans will be traveling this holiday season, but twice as many will be hosting loved ones. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on December 20-21, 2015 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.