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  • Americans Praise Park Service, Rate Number of Parks As Right

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, a system signed in to law by President Woodrow Wilson and frequently hailed as “America’s best idea.” Most Americans have a favorable opinion of the agency and are fine with the number of national parks in the country.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 74% of American Adults view the Park Service favorably, including 35% who have a Very Favorable opinion of it. Just 13% regard the NPS somewhat or Very Unfavorably. Another 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 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.

  • Few Are Ready for Uber's Self-Driving Cars

    Uber has announced that it is launching a test program of driverless cars in Pittsburgh, but Americans are just as reluctant to take a self-driving car service as using one for their personal vehicle.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 17% of American Adults say they would hire a self-driving car through a service like Uber. Seventy-four percent (74%) say they would opt for a car they can drive instead. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on August 21-22, 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 The Olympics Damage America's Image?

    The U.S. Olympic team left Rio de Janeiro with more medals than any other team, but it wasn’t without controversy. Despite some bad behavior from members of the men’s swim team, most Americans who watched the Summer Olympics believe they were good for the United States’ image abroad.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 76% of American Adults say they’ve been watching coverage of the Olympics in Rio, while only 23% have not. Just before the games began, 55% said they were likely to watch a large portion of the Summer Olympics coverage on television, with 26% who said they were Very Likely to do so. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on August 21-22, 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.

  • Parents Give Their Kids’ Schools High Marks

    Americans remain critical of U.S. public schools in general, but parents are more positive than ever about the performance of their children’s schools.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 85% of adults with school-aged kids give the performance of their child’s school good or excellent marks, including 47% who say it does an Excellent job. Only five percent (5%) say their child’s school performs poorly. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 15-16, 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 Want Schools to Open After Labor Day

    More and more schools around the country are starting classes before Labor Day, but most Americans think they should hold off a bit.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 56% of American Adults believe the school year should begin after Labor Day. That’s up from 49% last year and the highest finding in four years.  One-in-three adults (32%) think schools should start in August. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 15-16, 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 Report Paying More For Health Care Compared to Five Years Ago

    While most Americans say their personal health hasn’t changed much over the past five years, most say they’re paying more for health care than they were five years ago.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 15% of American Adults say their own health is better than it was five years ago, but 27% say their health is worse. Fifty-five percent (55%) say their health is about the same as it was five years ago. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • Few Americans Think Complete E-Mail Privacy is Still Possible

    Americans are pretty avid e-mail users, but they accept that their e-mail communications will likely never be completely private.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 67% of American Adults use e-mail every day, while 14% more use it almost every day. That’s up from 59% and 12% respectively in January 2015. Seven percent (7%) use e-mail at least once a week, and four percent (4%) use it several times a month. Only seven percent (7%) say they never use e-mail, down from 11% last year. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • How Does America Feel About the Baby Boom Generation?

    The generation known as the Baby Boomers has again produced the two major party presidential candidates, even as most of them are heading into retirement.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 72% of American Adults correctly identify the Baby Boomer generation as those born between 1946 and 1964 during the post-World War II baby boom. Nine percent (9%) believe the term Baby Boomer applies to those born between 1929 and 1945 during the Great Depression and World War II, while nearly as many (8%) think the term applies to those born between 1965 and 1974 during the war in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal.  Four percent (4%) think the Baby Boomer generation was born when Ronald Reagan was president in the 1980s. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on July 28 & 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.

  • Americans Disagree With Decision to Release Reagan Shooter

    A federal judge last week ordered that John W. Hinckley Jr. who shot President Ronald Reagan and three others in 1981 be released from a government psychiatric hospital and allowed to live with his elderly mother in Virginia. Most Americans don't approve of the judge’s decision. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 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.

  • 42% Suspect Most Countries Don't Play by Olympic Rules

    The summer Olympics are just over a week away, and Americans are gearing up to watch even though they suspect many of the participating countries are cheating. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on July 24-25, 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.

  • Users Strongly Reject Censorship on Facebook, Twitter

    Political conservatives have charged in recent months that major social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are censoring their points of view. Regular users of those sites, especially those under the age of 40, strongly disagree with any attempts to close down free speech. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on July 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.

  • Is Pokémon Go Dangerous?

    Anyone who’s been outside lately has likely seen the effects of Pokémon Go, the new reality-integrated game sweeping the world. Players use their smartphones to capture Pokémon characters in the real world and train them as in the original Nintendo video games, but not everyone is on board with the latest gaming trend.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 28% of all American Adults say they or any of their close friends or family members play Pokémon Go, which just launched in the United States earlier this month but has already seen massive popularity. Nonetheless, 67% say neither they nor their friends and family have played the new video game. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 14 & 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.

  • Americans Place Even More Importance on a College Degree

    While there’s disagreement over how to help students pay for it, Americans still overwhelmingly believe in the importance of a college degree to gaining employment.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 90% of American Adults think a college degree is at least somewhat important to finding a job in today’s economy, with 51% who think it is Very Important. That overall figure is up from 82% two years ago. Just nine (9%) feel a college degree is not very or Not At All Important when it comes to finding work. (To see survey question wording click here.)

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

  • Views on Police Discrimination Little Changed Since Ferguson

    Despite escalating tensions over police shootings that led to widespread protests and the killing of five police officers in Dallas last week, most voters continue to view crime in inner cities as a bigger problem than police discrimination against minorities. But blacks are far more likely to say they are treated unfairly by the police.

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 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.

  • Americans Don’t Want Full Student Loan Forgiveness

    While Americans are facing a record level of college-related debt, support remains low for forgiving student loans or taking the further step of having the government pay for students who can't afford to go to college.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 36% of American Adults support the government paying for a student’s college education if that student is accepted into college but cannot afford to go. That’s down from a high of 43% last May. Forty-five percent (45%) are opposed to government-funding of college for indigent students, up from 40% last year. One-in-five (20%) 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, 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 Agree Clinton’s Free College Plan Isn’t Free

    Democrats are a lot more enthusiastic about Hillary Clinton’s plan for so-called “free” college than other Americans are, but all agree that taxpayers will be the ones who pick up the tab. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • Independence Day Still Ranks High For Americans

    Most Americans still place high importance on the Fourth of July, although most aren’t planning any travel this holiday weekend. (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 28-29, 2016. 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.

  • If Americans Could Live Anywhere in the World, They'd Still Choose U.S.

    This Fourth of July, Americans will celebrate the independence of the United States of America, and most say they wouldn’t choose to live anywhere else.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that, if they could live anywhere in the world, 78% of American Adults would still choose to live in the United States. Just 11% would not, and 10% 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 June 28-29, 2016. 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.

  • More Americans Are Taking Summer Vacations

    Could this be a sign of a recovering economy? More Americans say they have taken summer vacations or plan to take one this year than they have for several years. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • Do College Campuses Have Less Freedom of Speech Now?

    Earlier this month the president of DePaul University announced that he is stepping down following student protests that culminated in the shutting down of a speech by a prominent young conservative writer. The growing number of similar protests at other colleges and universities in recent months has a sizable number of Americans questioning whether free speech has a place on modern campuses. 

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 39% of American Adults think there is less freedom of speech on U.S. college campuses today than there has been in the past. Twenty-six percent (26%) believe there’s more freedom of speech, while 29% say the level of freedom is about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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