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  • Americans Strongly Favor English as Official Language

    Michigan recently introduced legislation to make English the official state language, making it one of 32 states to do so, while a bill to do the same on a national level was reintroduced in Congress last year. As they have for more than a decade, most Americans support such legislation.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 81% of American Adults think English should be the official language of the United States. Since 2006, this number has ranged from a high of 87% to a low of 83%. Just 12% do not think English should be the country’s official language. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 22-23, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports and ProEnglish. 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.

  • Half of Americans See Less Free Speech on College Campuses These Days

    Several recent cases have challenged freedom of speech on college campuses across the United States. Nearly half of Americans think college students have less freedom of speech these days, and few think professors and administrators promote the free exchange of ideas.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 21% of American Adults believe there is more freedom of speech on U.S. college campuses today than there has been in the past. Forty-seven percent (47%) think there is less freedom of speech, while 25% believe the level of free speech 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 April 22-23, 2018 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.

  • Many Americans Would Consider Comfort Hospice-Type Care for Loved Ones

    Before her death last week, the Bush family announced they would pursue comfort care rather than medical intervention for Barbara Bush’s failing health. It’s a tough choice for Americans, but many would make the same decision for their loved ones.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that, if a loved one were diagnosed with a terminal illness, 40% of American Adults would choose to give them pain medication and let nature take its course, also referred to as comfort care, palliative care or hospice. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 18-19, 2018 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 Barbara Bush As Good Role Model

    Americans hold a solidly favorable opinion of former first lady Barbara Bush who died earlier this week, and most think she set a good example for others to follow.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 79% of American Adults have a favorable view of the woman who was both the wife of President George H.W. Bush and the mother of President George W. Bush, including 50% who share a Very Favorably one. Just nine percent (9%) have a somewhat or Very Unfavorable opinion of Mrs. Bush. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 18-19, 2018 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, Parents See Too Much Focus on Standardized Tests

    As students across the country sit down for school-wide standardized testing in the weeks to come, many Americans and parents think there’s too much emphasis on these tests and their outcomes.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of American Adults with children of elementary or secondary school age think too much emphasis is placed on standardized tests in schools these days, though that’s down from 64% in 2016 and the lowest in nearly four years. Just 19% of parents think there is not enough emphasis on standardized testing in schools today, while 17% think the balance is about right. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 16-17, 2018 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 Not Pushing For Standardized Testing

    Students across the country are beginning to take standardized tests, but half of parents don’t see a need for such testing in schools.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of American Adults with children of elementary or secondary school age do not think all students should be required to take standardized tests every year. Forty-three percent (43%) disagree and think testing should be required of all elementary and secondary school students. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 16-17, 2018 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 Have Seen UFOs, But Most Think Intelligent Life is Out There

    Late last month, two commercial pilots flying over the Arizona desert reported seeing an unidentified flying object pass overhead. Few Americans claim to have ever seen, or know someone who has seen, a UFO, but that doesn’t mean they don’t believe there’s intelligent life on other planets.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 13% of American Adults have known someone who has seen an unidentified flying object or have seen one themselves, while 79% have not. Eight percent (8%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 8-9, 2018, 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 Think Kids' Self-Esteem Higher Than Actual Achievement

    Americans believe young people in this country are more likely to think highly of themselves than their academic performance merits.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 31% of American Adults think young people in America have higher self-esteem than young people in most other countries. Twenty-four percent (24%) say they have lower self-esteem, while 29% feel their level of self-esteem is about the same as that of young people elsewhere. 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 April 8-9, 2018 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 Believe Teachers Are Underpaid

    Teachers in several states have gone on strike for better pay in recent weeks, and more Americans than ever agree that school teachers aren’t paid enough.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 62% of American Adults believe public school teachers are paid too little, up slightly from 59% two years ago but the highest finding in surveying since 2008.  Just nine percent (9%) think teachers are paid too much, while 24% say their pay is about right. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 4-5, 2018 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.

  • Support for Teachers’ Unions is Up

    As teachers in several states protest for higher wages and more school funding, an increasing number of Americans see teachers’ unions as a good thing and fewer feel those unions prioritize protecting their members over the quality of education. Still, more than half believe the interests of these unions are more self-serving. 

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 45% of American Adults believe, in terms of impact on the nation, it is a good thing that most teachers belong to public employee unions. That’s up from 37% in 2016. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 4-5, 2018 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 to Outlaw After-Hours Work E-mail

    A bill was introduced in New York City that would make it illegal for businesses to contact their employees by e-mail or instant message during after-work hours. Just over half of Americans oppose a law like that, and few think it would have a positive impact on the economy.

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 29 & April 1, 2018 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 Don't Think Schools Favor Boys or Girls

    Education experts have long debated whether boys and girls learn differently and should therefore be catered to in school differently. But most Americans with school-age kids think schools today treat students of both sexes about the same.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 21% of American Adults with children of elementary or secondary-school age believe schools now favor girls over boys. Just half as many (11%) say the schools give the advantage to boys instead. But 64% of these adults think the schools treat both boys and girls about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 29 & April 1, 2018 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 Support Citizenship Status on Census

    The U.S. Census Bureau released their 2020 census questions, including one that asks whether respondents are legal U.S. citizens. Americans recognize the importance of the census and are on board with including the question moving forward.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 89% of American Adults agree it’s at least somewhat important for the government to get as accurate a count of the U.S. population as possible in the U.S. Census, including 69% who say it’s Very Important. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 27-28, 2018 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 Think Police Shootings Are Cop's Fault

    A funeral is being held in Sacramento today for Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was killed by Sacramento police officers in his grandmother’s backyard. The funeral comes amid nearly two weeks of protests and unrest in the city over Clark’s death. But even in light of Clark’s shooting, most Americans continue to rate the police highly and think most officer-involved deaths are not their fault.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 67% of American Adults rate the performance of the police in the area where they live as good or excellent. That’s down just slightly from 70% in July  and in March 2016.  Just seven percent (7%) rate their local cops poorly. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 25-26, 2018 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.

  • Facebook's Zuckerberg is Short on Friends

    With questions being raised about Facebook's mining of users' private data, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is taking the heat.

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on March 21-22, 2018 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 Facebook Users Jumping Ship?

    Just over half of regular Facebook users are considering bailing out of the popular social media site over concerns about the privacy of their personal data.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 34% of American Adults now say they rarely or never use Facebook. Sixty-four percent (64%) use the social media site at least several times a month, with 39% who use it every day. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

  • Americans Not So Sure on Death Penalty for Drug Dealers

    President Donald Trump announced on Monday that his administration will combat the opioid crisis in part by imposing stricter penalties for drug offenses, including the death penalty for drug traffickers. Although Americans continue to say opioid drugs are a problem where they live, nearly half don’t like the idea of imposing capital punishment for drug traffickers.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 33% of American Adults agree that those found guilty of drug trafficking should receive the death penalty. Forty-eight percent (48%) disagree, while 18% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 19-20, 2018 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 Teachers Are Important, But Don't Want to Be One

    Americans continue to see the importance of being a teacher, even if they don’t think many want to enter the education field these days.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 71% of American Adults think being a teacher is one of the most important jobs in our country today, unchanged from a year ago but down from a high of 76% in 2012.

    Just 16% do not consider teaching one of the most important jobs in the country today, while nearly as many (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 13-14, 2018 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 Happy to Welcome Spring

    Although harsh winter nor’easters continue to threaten much of the eastern United States, today is still the first day of spring, and that puts a spring in the steps of most Americans.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 63% of American Adults say the arrival of spring puts them in a better mood, down slightly from this time last year but in line with the year before. Just five percent (5%) say the arrival of spring puts them in a worse mood, while 31% say it had no impact on their mood. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 15 & 18, 2018 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 Want News Right, Not First

    In today’s 24/7 news cycle, most Americans still think the media is obsessed with getting the story first, when they think they should be focused on getting it right.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 62% of American Adults think most major news organizations are more concerned with getting a story first than they are with getting it right. That’s generally unchanged from a year ago, but is  down noticeably from 84% in September 2013 when Rasmussen Reports first asked this question.  Just 30% think they’re more concerned with getting it right. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 7-8, 2018 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