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  • Voters Say Parents, Students Responsible for School Success

    Voters continue to have little faith in U.S. public schools and think it's mainly up to parents and the students themselves to succeed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on May 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.

  • Voters Don't Think High School Graduates Are Ready for College, Work

    With graduation impending for most high school seniors across the country, their eyes are toward the future. But voters still aren't confident that today’s high school graduates are ready for college or the workforce.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 21% of Likely U.S. Voters think most high school graduates have the skills needed for college. Fifty-nine percent (59%) say they don’t, but another 20% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on May 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.

  • 65% Favor Federal Regulation of E-Cigarettes

    The federal Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it will place strict regulations on electronic cigarettes similar to those on traditional cigarettes.

    Americans are even more supportive of regulating e-cigarettes than they have been in the past.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65% of American Adults now believe electronic cigarettes should be regulated by the federal government the same way traditional cigarettes are, up 14 points from 51% two years ago. Only 23% disagree, while 11% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on May 5 and 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.

  • Most School Parents Oppose Transgender Bathroom Policy

    Americans appear more receptive to letting transgender people use the bathrooms they prefer, but most adults with school-age children still are opposed.

    The federal government has ordered all public schools in America to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with, and 33% of American Adults support this decision. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% oppose allowing transgender students to use the bathrooms of the opposite biological sex. Sixteen percent (16%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national telephone survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on May 15-16, 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.

  • Americans Are More Supportive of Home Pot Use

    Despite increasing moves to legalize marijuana around the country, Americans remain closely divided on the issue but are in a less punishing mood about use of the drug.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 46% of American Adults favor the legalization of recreational marijuana use in their state. Forty-two percent (42%) still oppose, while 13% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national telephone survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on May 9-10, 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.

  • Americans Are Less Confident in Their Auto Airbags

    Following several airbag recalls for major automakers, Americans are slightly less trusting of the airbags in their cars.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 91% of American Adults own a vehicle that has safety airbags. Of those, 86% are at least somewhat confident that those airbags will work correctly if they get into a motor vehicle accident, down from 92% four years ago.  More significantly, this overall finding now includes just 41% who are Very Confident in their airbags, compared to 52% in 2012. 

    Still, only 11% are not very or Not At All Confident their airbags will work correctly, although that's up from four percent (4%) in the previous survey. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on May 5 & 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.

  • What America Thinks About the Transgender Bathroom Debate

    A legal battle is escalating between the U.S. Justice Department and North Carolina over the state’s bill that would ban individuals from using public restrooms that do not correspond to their biological gender. The Justice Department has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the state claiming the new law discriminates against transgender individuals, but North Carolina officials, arguing that their bill is a common-sense safety measure, have countered with a suit arguing the federal government is exceeding its authority.

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  • 60% of Women See Motherhood As Most Important Role

    This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and while Americans don’t think much of it as a holiday, most still believe that being a mother is the most important role a woman can play.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 25% of American Adults believe Mother’s Day is one of the nation’s most important holidays, while 11% regard it as one of the least important. Sixty-three percent (63%) think Mother’s Day falls 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 May 3-4, 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 Still Concerned About Zika Threat

    As warmer weather arrives in much of the United States, most Americans see the mosquito-borne Zika virus as a major potential health problem but are confident public health agencies can handle it. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on May 3-4, 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 See Tough Road Ahead For Class of 2016

    It’s about time for the latest crop of college graduates to enter the workforce, but Americans still aren’t confident about the job colleges are doing preparing those young minds. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • 21% Rate Prince's Death As a Bigger Loss to the Nation Than Scalia's

    A surprising number of Americans rate the death of Prince as a bigger blow to the country than the passing of longtime U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Most think the media has definitely been treating the popular musician's death as the bigger loss.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 64% of American Adults say Scalia's death is more important to the nation than the death of Prince. Twenty-one percent (21%) rate Prince's death last week as the bigger national calamity. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 25-26, 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 Parents Say No to Standardized Testing

    Parental opposition to standardized testing in schools remains high, even as the latest cycle of tests is beginning in many states. Most parents now say there’s no need for any such tests at all.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 64% of American Adults with children of elementary or secondary school age believe there is too much emphasis on standardized tests in schools these days. That’s little changed from December but up from 57% in November 2013 when we first asked this question.

    Just 18% of these parents think there is not enough emphasis on standardized tests, a finding that hasn’t changed over the years, while 12% rate the balance as about right. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 21 and 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.

  • Most Are Pro-Environment But Don't Thank Earth Day

    While most Americans say they’ve donated time or money to clean up the environment, they don’t feel strongly that Earth Day, a tradition established in 1970, has been all that important in increasing environmental consciousness.

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 19-20, 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.

  • Texting During the Movie? No Way

    Last week, movie theater chain AMC announced plans to allow text messaging in certain theaters during movie screenings, then quickly reversed its decision after a swift backlash. But even the mention of the idea was enough to get people talking, and their reaction was decisive: no texting during the movie.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that most American Adults (59%) are less likely to go to a theater where people can text during the movie. Just six percent (6%) are more likely to go to a movie theater where texting is allowed, while 32% say it has no impact on their viewing decisions. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 17-18, 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 Put Country and God First

    After family, what do Americans believe in most strongly? Their country and their religious faith.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that, other than their family, 29% of American Adults feel their strongest personal allegiance to their country, followed closely by 26% who say their religious group.

    In 2013, those two were slightly reversed, with 35% putting their church first and 31% saying their country.

    Today, 12% feel the strongest allegiance to their community, while 11% say the same of their job. Just four percent (4%) or less feel the strongest loyalty to their political party, their state or some other community organization. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on April 11-12, 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 Reject Plans to Pay Killers Not to Kill

    In an effort to reduce their homicide rates, several major cities including Baltimore, Miami, Toledo and Washington, D.C. are considering a plan to pay criminals not to murder with a gun. Americans overwhelmingly reject that idea.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 81% of American Adults oppose a plan in their community that would pay criminals up to $1,000 a month not to kill someone with a gun. Just five percent (5%) favor such a plan, while 13% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 28-29, 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 Don't Blame Cops for Shooting Incidents

    Despite the continuing debate over police conduct, more Americans than ever say their local officers are doing a good job, and most still don't think cops are to blame for the majority of shootings they are involved in.

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

  • Should Texting While Walking Be Against the Law?

    To reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities, a New Jersey lawmaker has proposed penalizing those who use cell phones without hands-free devices on sidewalks and beside roadways. More than a third of Americans are on board with that idea.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 37% of American Adults favor a law in their community that would ban walkers from texting or talking on a cell phone while attempting to cross a street. Nearly half (48%), however, are opposed to the idea. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 24 and 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.

  • More Americans Will Attend Church This Easter

    While Easter is not the most important holiday of the year for the majority of Americans, most plan on attending a church service to honor it. 

    Thirty-nine percent (39%) of American Adults continue to regard Easter, the day Christians believe marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as one of our nation’s most important holidays. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 12% think it’s among the least important holidays, while 46% place 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 March 22-23, 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.

  • Three Quarters of Americans Believe Jesus Rose From the Dead

    Americans’ belief in Jesus Christ’s resurrection is even higher this Easter.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 77% of American Adults believe Jesus Christ was the son of God sent to Earth to die for our sins. Fourteen percent (14%) don’t believe that to be true. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 22-23, 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.