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  • 44% Say Opioid Abuse a Problem Where They Live

    President Trump has officially declared the nation’s opioid crisis a national emergency. A plurality of Americans agree it’s a major problem where they live, and the number who think most doctors overprescribe drugs has jumped dramatically in the past three years.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 44% of American Adults say abuse of opioid drugs is a major problem in the area where they live. Thirty-three percent (33%) say opioid abuse is not a problem in their area, but another one-in-four (23%) 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 13-14, 2017 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.

  • 40% Favor Affirmative Action

    The Trump administration plans to investigate affirmative action policies at major universities in an attempt to challenge what they consider discriminatory practices against white and Asian-American students. But despite the administration’s attempt to overturn affirmative action programs, Americans like them more than ever, even though few think it has been a success. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 3 & 6, 2017 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 Still Regularly Exercising

    Exercising remains an important part of most Americans’ lives, and most report getting active at least once a week.\

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that an overwhelming 86% of American Adults consider exercise at least somewhat important to their daily lives, with 45% who view it as Very Important. Only 12% consider exercise Not Very or Not At All Important. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 30-31, 2017 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 View Boy Scouts Favorably

    Despite the criticism surrounding President Trump’s speech at their jamboree last month, the Boy Scouts of America are viewed more favorably among Americans, but still remain slightly less popular than the Girl Scouts.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 75% of American Adults have a favorable opinion of the Boy Scouts, including 35% who have a Very Favorable impression. The overall finding is up from 68% in 2015  and 65% in May 2013. Just 16% have an unfavorable opinion of the Boy Scouts, including four percent (4%) who view them Very Unfavorably. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on July 26-27, 2017 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.

  • 47% Still Paying More for Health Care

    Most Americans still say their health hasn't changed in recent years, but nearly half are also paying more for health care.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of American Adults say their personal health is about the same as it was five years ago. Nineteen percent (19%) say their health is better today, while 24% say their health is worse. These findings are little changed from last year at this time. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 24-25, 2017 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 Report Being Scolded By Their Doctors

    Nearly half of Americans say their doctor recommended a lifestyle change during their last checkup.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 74% of American Adults have seen a doctor for a general physical exam in the last 12 months, and 46% of those Americans say their doctor recommended lifestyle changes in the way they eat, drink or exercise. That’s up from 36% two months ago,  and is the highest finding measured in surveys since 2012. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 24-25, 2017 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 More Interested in Sports or Politics?

    Stand back, LeBron. Move over, Patriots. Americans by a better than two-to-one margin have their eye more on politics these days.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of American Adults say they are more interested in politics than in sports. Just 26% are more interested in sports, while 17% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 18-19, 2017 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 Would Rather Watch Sports on TV Than Live

    More than half of Americans are avid sports fans, but most would rather enjoy sporting events in the comfort of their own home than in the stadium.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 55% of American Adults follow sports events in America at least somewhat closely, including 19% who follow Very Closely. Forty-three percent (43%) do not follow sports closely, including 17% who say they don’t follow sports at all. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 18-19, 2017 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 Say Sports Are Important for Kids

    Most Americans still believe it’s important for young people to participate in sports, though that number’s been slightly on the decline over the past five years.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 82% of American Adults think it’s at least somewhat important for young people to participate in sports as part of their development. That’s down slightly from 84% in 2014 and 87% in 2012, and includes 37% who say participating in sports is Very Important to children’s development. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 18-19, 2017 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 Happier Than They Have Been In Years

    Americans are feeling better about their own lives than they have in over a decade.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 16-17, 2017 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 High Schools Require Grads to Lay Out Future Plans?

    Americans are closely divided over a new city of Chicago requirement that all graduating high school seniors must prove they have immediate future plans, but most agree it's up to the students, not their parents or the school system, to determine that future.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 42% of American Adults approve of a school requirement that all graduates must show that they are enrolling in college, enlisting in the military, taking a job or have some other future plan. Forty-five percent (45%) disapprove, while 14% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 10-11, 2017 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.

  • 27% Think Schools Do A Good Job Teaching Western Values

    In a speech last Thursday in Warsaw, Poland, President Trump promised that Western civilization and its values will continue to prevail and triumph. But while voters think it’s important for schools to teach these values of Western civilization, few think they actually follow through.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 79% of Likely U.S. Voters say it’s at least somewhat important for schools to teach the traditional values of Western civilization, including 51% who say it’s Very Important. This is down slightly from 83% who said it was important in 2015, but otherwise generally in line with surveys since 2013. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 6 and 9, 2017 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.

  • 59% Expect Gas Prices to Climb

    Americans haven’t felt the pinch of rising gas prices that they typically experience this time of year, but they expect that to be short-lived.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that almost half of American Adults (48%) say they’re paying about the same price for a gallon of gas as they were six months ago. Just 14% say they are paying more for a gallon of gas than they were six months ago, while 32% report paying less. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 5, 2017 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 See Too Many Unnecessary Laws

    Most Americans think there are too many unnecessary laws in the United States today but are split over whether the U.S. system of justice as a whole is fair to most Americans.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 58% of American Adults think there are too many unnecessary laws in the United States today, though that’s down 10 points from 68% five years ago. Twenty-seven percent (27%) do not think there are too many unnecessary laws, up from 19% in 2012. Fifteen percent (15%) 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 28-29, 2017 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 Link July 4 With Declaration of Independence

    Most Americans still rate the Fourth of July high on their list of holidays, second only to Christmas, and correctly identify what it commemorates.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 56% of American Adults consider Independence Day one of the nation’s most important holidays, although that is down from a recent high of 61% a year ago. Just six percent (6%) view the Fourth of July as one of the least important holidays, while 36% rate 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 June 28-29, 2017 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.

  • 49% Think U.S. Has Liberty and Justice for All

    This Fourth of July, half of Americans still see the nation as one with liberty and justice for all, and the majority wouldn’t live anywhere else.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 49% of American Adults believe the United States, as the Pledge of Allegiance states, is indeed a nation with liberty and justice for all. That’s down from last year’s four-year high of 53%  but up from the six-year low of 46% reached in 2014.

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    The national telephone survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on June 28-29, 2017. 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.

  • Very Few Adults Would Consider Cosmetic Surgery

    Plastic surgery just isn’t on the table for most Americans.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 14% of American Adults say they would ever consider having cosmetic plastic surgery to improve their appearance or make themselves look younger. That’s down from 19% who said they would consider cosmetic surgery in 2014. Most (79%), though, would not, showing little change from three years ago. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on June 22 & 25, 2017 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 Americans Would Run for Congress

    Congress member isn’t a job most Americans want, even if they knew they would win. But nearly four-out-of-10 still want in.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 37% of American Adults would run for Congress if they knew they had a reasonable chance of winning. Fifty-one percent (51%) would not, while 11% 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 20-21, 2017 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 Still Stress Importance of Two-Parent Homes

    Americans may have celebrated Father’s Day on Sunday, but they still think it takes two parents to raise a child.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 87% of American Adults still think it is at least somewhat important for children to grow up in a home with both of their parents, including 63% who think it’s Very Important. Just nine percent (9%) say growing up in a two-parent home is not important, including only two percent (2%) who say it’s Not At All Important. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on June 14-15, 2017 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 Seen as Man’s Most Important Role

    This Sunday is Father’s Day, and Americans still see fatherhood as a vital role in a man’s life.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 70% of American Adults say being a father is the most important role for a man to fill in today’s world. Just 17% disagree, but 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 14-15, 2017 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.