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  • Most Still Champion A Holiday for Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus is still hanging in there. Most Americans still favor a national holiday – celebrated today this year – for the man generally credited with “discovering” America.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey shows that 56% of American Adults believe America should continue to honor Columbus with a national holiday. That’s down only slightly from 58% in 2017, the highest finding in surveys over the past 10 years. Just 26% oppose a national holiday for Columbus, while 18% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 9-10, 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.

  • Americans Remain Highly Intolerant of Each Other’s Political Views

    It’s 2016 all over again when it comes to Americans’ political views and how they impact family and friends – even though it’s an off-election year.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 70% of American Adults believe their fellow countrymen are less tolerant of each other’s political opinions than they were in the past. Only 11% say they are more tolerant of political differences, while 14% regard the level of political tolerance as about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • Fans Favor Letting College Athletes Get Paid

    Americans are closely divided over a new law in California that will allow athletes to cash in on their success in college. Those who follow college sports closest tend to like the idea more.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 38% of American Adults favor a law like California’s that allows college athletes in their state to be paid for the use of their names, images and likenesses. Slightly more (41%) oppose such a law in their home state. Twenty-one percent (21%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 1-2, 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.

  • For Most, Pro Athletes Aren’t Criminals But Do Get Special Treatment

    Most Americans don’t see more criminals in professional sports than in society at large but do think pro athletes get breaks from law enforcement that others don’t.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 17% of American Adults believe professional athletes are more likely to commit a crime than the average American. Just as many (16%) say they are less likely to do so. Fifty-one percent (51%) think the level of criminality among pro athletes is about the same as it is in the general population. Sixteen percent (16%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 23-24, 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 in America Like Its Diversity and Live It

    Just over half of Americans think diversity is a good thing and say they live in neighborhoods that reflect that.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of American Adults believe America’s racial and ethnic diversity is mostly good for the country. Only 17% think diversity is mostly a bad thing, while 22% say it has no impact. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 17-18, 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.

  • 14% Favor Ban on Red Hats

    Because pro-Trump Make America Great hats are red, a liberal writer suggested recently that Americans should stop wearing red hats in general because they cause anxiety among anti-Trump Americans. A chunk of Americans like the idea of taking red hats off the market for that reason.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 14% of American Adults favor the banning of red caps in America. Seventy percent (70%) are opposed, but another 17% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • Americans Strongly Defend Their Right to Own A Gun

    Americans’ belief in their constitutional right to own a gun and their support for the Second Amendment that guarantees that right remain strong.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 75% of American Adults believe the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of an average citizen to own a gun. Just 15% disagree. Ten percent (10%) are not sure. These findings are virtually unchanged in surveying since Rasmussen Reports first asked this question 10 years ago. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 5 and 8, 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 Agree Some Cities, States Make Homeless Problem Worse

    The Trump administration is considering ways to address California’s worsening homelessness situation, but Americans don’t see that as a federal function. Most agree, though, that the actions of some states and cities make the homeless problem worse.

    Just 20% of American Adults think homelessness should be primarily a federal responsibility. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 37% think states are chiefly responsible for dealing with the homeless, while 27% view homelessness as a local responsibility. Sixteen percent (16%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • Nearly One-in-Four Have Tried Meatless Fast Food

    Move over, beef burgers and chicken fingers. Vegetarian “meat” offerings are the latest rage at fast-food restaurants, and a sizable number of Americans are putting them on their tray.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 21% of American Adults have tried one of the sandwiches made with plant-derived products that many fast food chains are now offering. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 1-2, 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 Still Insist School Shouldn’t Begin Until After Labor Day

    Most Americans continue to think the school year shouldn’t begin until after Labor Day and oppose sending kids to school all year long.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 32% of American Adults believe the school year should begin in August as it does in many states. Fifty-four percent (54%) say school shouldn’t begin until after Labor Day. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • Americans Honor the ‘Labor’ in Labor Day

    For Americans, Labor Day’s a split decision: A day to honor the worker but also the end of summer.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 20% of American Adults consider Labor Day one of our nation’s most important holidays. Sixteen percent (16%) say it’s one of the least important, while 60% rate 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 August 28-29, 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 See Enforcement of Existing Gun Laws As More Important Than New Ones

    Americans blame the shooters in mass killings, not the availability of guns, and believe that there are already gun control laws on the books that can make a difference.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 70% of American Adults agree with the following statement – “It’s not the gun that pulls the trigger; it’s the person that pulls the trigger.” Twenty-one percent (21%) disagree with the statement by President Trump who is calling for a stronger mental health response following mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 22 and 25, 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 America Not Founded on Racism But See It As Serious Problem

    Most Americans agree that racism is a problem in this country but reject the idea that America has been racist from the very start. They also tend to think we talk too much about racism these days.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 32% of American Adults agree with this recent statement by Democratic presidential hopeful Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke – “Our country was founded on racism – and is still racist today.” Fifty-five percent (55%) disagree with that statement.  Thirteen percent (13%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • Americans Are Less Likely To Blame Games, Movies for Societal Violence

    After the latest spate of mass shootings, Americans are less convinced than ever that violent video games and movies are to blame.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 39% of American Adults still believe violent video games lead to more violence in our society. Forty-three percent (43%) disagree, while 18% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 6-7, 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.

  • Americans Question Whether ‘Peaceful’ Woodstock Is Possible Today

    The Woodstock festival billed itself 50 years ago as three days of peace, love and music. Other than three accidental deaths, it lived up to its billing despite rainy weather and a near total lack of support facilities. Most Americans aren’t sure it would play out that way these days.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 35% of American Adults think 400,000 people could gather peacefully today for a Woodstock-like music festival. Forty-five percent (45%) say they could not. Nineteen percent (19%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 12-13, 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 Still Say Political Correctness Kills Free Speech

    President Trump and others are routinely accused of hate speech by political opponents, but for a sizable majority of Americans, political correctness remains the bigger problem.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 26% of American Adults believe Americans have true freedom of speech today. Sixty-eight percent (68%) disagree and say Americans have to be careful not to say something politically incorrect to avoid getting in trouble. These findings have changed little in surveying for the past several years. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 15-16, 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 Still Favor School Pledge of Allegiance ‘Under God’

    Most Americans still see a place for the Pledge of Allegiance “under God” in the nation’s schools, but they’re not quite as passionate about it as they have been.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 61% of American Adults believe children should be required to say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning at school, but this finding has been trending down from a high of 77% in late 2008. Twenty-eight percent (28%) oppose saying the pledge every day, with 11% undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 17-18, 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.

  • Americans Strongly Applaud America and Its Past

    George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are the latest victims as the politically correct expand their war on America’s past, but a sizable majority of Americans remain proud of that past and proud of their country.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 83% of American Adults are proud to be an American. Just seven percent (7%) are not. These findings have changed little in surveys for years. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • Americans Still Aren’t Ready to Forgive All Student Loans

    Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is calling for wiping out all outstanding student loans, and just over half of his fellow Democrats like the idea. Other Americans don’t.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of Democrats favor a proposal to forgive all $1.6 trillion in outstanding student loans and pay for them with a new tax on stock, bond and derivatives transactions. Thirty-four percent (34%) are opposed, while 15% are undecided.

    Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republicans and those not affiliated with either major party by a 49% to 36% margin oppose the loan forgiveness plan.

    Among all Americans, 38% favor the proposal to forgive all student loans, but 49% are opposed. Thirteen percent (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 June 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.

  • Americans Still Feel Good About the Fourth of July

    Most Americans still think highly of Independence Day AKA the Fourth of July and recognize what major historical event it celebrates.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 53% of American Adults consider the Fourth of July one of the nation’s most important holidays. That’s comparable to a year ago but down from a high of 61% in 2016. Only five percent (5%) view Independence Day as one of our least important holidays, while 38% rate 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 July 1-2, 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.