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  • Americans Rate School Start Times, Level of Homework

    Should school take up more of a student's day? (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on August 23-24, 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.

  • No World-Class Schools Here at Home?

    Voters still agree on the importance of a world-class education but also remain convinced that U.S. public schools don't provide one.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 69% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with President Obama's statement from 2011 that "a world-class education is the single most important factor in determining not just whether our kids can compete for the best jobs but whether America can out-compete countries around the world.” That's up from 65% in March and the highest finding to date. Eighteen percent (18%) disagree, while 13% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 23-24, 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.

  • Should Schools Be Open Already?

    School is in session in many places around the country, but Americans still tend to think it’s starting too early. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 19-20, 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 Back Local Cops Even More

    While protests continue in Ferguson, Missouri one year after the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer, most Americans have an even more positive view of their local police and don’t consider their tactics out of line. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 11-12, 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.

  • Will Ferguson Protests Make A Bad Situation Worse?

    Americans don’t have much good to say about the protests this week in Ferguson, Missouri on the one-year anniversary of the Michael Brown incident.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of American Adults view the latest Ferguson protests as mostly criminals taking advantage of the situation. Thirty-one percent (31%) consider them primarily legitimate outrage over conditions there, while 17% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national telephone survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on August 11-12, 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.

  • Will 'Mockingbird' Fans Read the Sequel?

    Many regard the 1960 novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" as one of the most significant American literary achievements of the 20th Century. It was author Harper Lee's only book,  so the literary world - and countless readers - were stunned when it was recently announced that Lee had written a sequel, "Go Set A Watchman," which had just been discovered in a bank safe-deposit box. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 30 and August 2, 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.

  • Planned Parenthood vs. Cecil the Lion

    Conservatives complain that the killing of Cecil the Lion in Africa is getting more attention from the media than the videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of fetal body organs, but both stories are being widely followed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 30 and August 2, 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 Turn on Cosby

    As more damning evidence is released regarding Bill Cosby’s history of alleged sexual assaults, Americans have a much more negative view of the legendary comedian but stop short of calling for his Presidential Medal of Freedom to be revoked.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 21% of American Adults now have a favorable impression of Cosby. That’s a 21-point drop from last November when the assault allegations first made news.  Sixty-six percent (66%) now view Cosby unfavorably, up from 36% in the earlier survey. The latest findings include seven percent (7%) with a Very Favorable opinion of the former “The Cosby Show” star and 36% with a Very Unfavorable opinion. 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 July 16 and 19, 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 Are Staying Put This 4th of July Weekend

    Independence Day still ranks among the nation’s most important holidays for Americans, and many are choosing to stay close to home this holiday weekend.

    Fifty-eight percent (58%) of American Adults consider the Fourth of July one of the nation’s most important holidays, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Only five percent (5%) look at the Fourth of July as one of the least important holidays, while 35% rate it somewhere in between.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national telephone survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on June 30 - July 1, 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.

  • Voters Are OK With FDA Nixing Trans Fats

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last week that food companies have three years to phase out partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of trans fat, and voters appear to be on board with the idea.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 67% of Likely Voters agree with the FDA’s decision, while 20% are opposed. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters nationwide was conducted on June 18 and 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.

  • Fatherhood Still An Important Role

    Father’s Day is this Sunday, and while voters don’t put much importance on the holiday itself, they still strongly believe in the importance of fatherhood. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 953 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on June 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 by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • To Metric or Not to Metric – That is the Question

    Is America ready – finally – to go metric along with the rest of the world? No more miles, pounds and inches, but kilometers, grams and centimeters instead.

    Well, actually, no. Just 21% of Likely U.S. Voters think the United States should formally adopt the internationally-used metric system of measurement. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 64% are opposed. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 977 Likely Voters was conducted on June 8-9, 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 Salute Importance of Memorial Day

    Most Americans consider Memorial Day an important U.S. holiday, and an even larger number plan to do something special to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters rate Memorial Day as one of the country’s most important holidays. A year ago, just 39% of American Adults considered the holiday among the most important, up from 31% the year before. Only five percent (5%) now think it is one of the least important holidays, while 42% rate it as somewhere in between. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 19-20, 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.

  • Summertime's Here - Or Is It?

    Summer doesn’t technically begin for another month, but most Americans still view Memorial Day weekend as the kickoff of their favorite season. (To see survey question wording, click here).

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 19-20, 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.

  • A Lot of Americans Have Had a Car Crash

    Most Americans admit they've been in a traffic accident while behind the wheel. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 800 Adults was conducted on May 12-13, 2015 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.

  • Americans Still Question What College Grads Have to Offer

    Americans are slightly less negative about the job prospects for the latest batch of college graduates but still aren’t very confident these graduates have much to offer prospective employers. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 800 American Adults was conducted on May 14 and 17, 2015 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.

  • Americans Remain Dubious About Driverless Cars

    Google admits its new driverless cars have had a few minor accidents but says the latest model will be ready for the road as early as this summer.  Americans are a bit more likely to consider buying a driverless car these days but are still not convinced they will make the roads safer.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 32% of American Adults are at least somewhat likely to buy a driverless car when they become available to the public at a reasonable price. That’s up from 23% last August but includes only 11% who are Very Likely to purchase such a vehicle. Most adults (61%) are not likely to be in the market for a driverless car, with 35% who are Not At All Likely to be. That latter figure is unchanged from the previous survey. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 800 Adults was conducted on May 12-13, 2015 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.

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  • After Amtrak Crash, Most Still Consider Mass Transit Safe

    Few Americans say they use mass transit regularly, but they remain confident in its safety despite the recent Amtrak train derailment near Philadelphia that killed eight people. Most also don't feel more government spending on infrastructure will help prevent such crashes. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 800 American Adults was conducted on May 14 and 17, 2015 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.

  • Is A College Degree Really Worth What You Pay?

    More Americans think it's a good idea for everyone to get additional schooling after high school, even though they're less convinced than they were several years ago that a college degree is worth what you pay for it.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 55% of American Adults still believe a college degree is a good financial investment in today's economic environment. That's comparable to findings for the last couple years  but down from a high of 69% in 2009.  Twenty-four percent (24%) don't believe a degree is worth the cost, and nearly as many (20%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 800 Adults was conducted on May 10-11, 2015 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.

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  • 39% Say Patriots Should Forfeit Super Bowl Win Over 'Deflategate'

    A sizable number of Americans don't feel the penalties lodged against Quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots for their use of deflated footballs in a championship game earlier this year are harsh enough and think the team should be stripped of its latest Super Bowl championship. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 800 American Adults was conducted on May 12-13, 2015 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.