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  • Americans Favor Halloween Costumes, Candy in School

    Some schools continue to prohibit Halloween costumes and candy, and most Americans still disagree with these policies.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 71% of American Adults believe children should be allowed to wear Halloween costumes in class. This is up from 63% last year. Twenty-one percent (21%) disagree. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 26-27, 2014 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 Strongly Support Quarantines, State Action to Fight Ebola

    Voters overwhelming support quarantines on health workers who have had contact with Ebola and think states should be able to take steps on their own to fight the deadly virus if they feel the federal government isn’t doing enough.

    Seventy percent (70%) of Likely U.S. Voters favor quarantining for up to 21 days all health workers who return to this country after having contact with Ebola patients in Africa, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just 19% oppose quarantining these individuals for the period the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says will determine whether or not they have Ebola. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 27-28, 2014 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.

  • 67% Say Colleges Are Better Known For Sports Than Academics

    Most Americans think college sports run the show and have too much influence over educational institutions.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 67% of American Adults think college athletics have too much power and influence over colleges and universities. That’s unchanged from May 2013, but down from 71% in July 2012 just after the Penn State football scandal.  Sixteen percent (16%) disagree, but 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 October 24-25, 2014 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 Pay More Taxes for Schools

    Just one-in-three Americans rate the performance of the nation's schools positively, but most are not willing to pay more taxes in order to generate additional money for schools.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 30% of American Adults rate the performance of elementary and secondary schools in America today as good or excellent. Forty-three percent (43%) rate schools as being fair, while 24% rate them poorly.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 22-23, 2014 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.

  • Just 15% Think Top-Tier College Athletes Get a Good Education

    News broke last week of a huge academic scandal involving athletes at the University of North Carolina. And reports followed about potentially unethical recruiting practices for student football players at West Point.  Considering the recent wave of questionable behavior among top athletic colleges, it’s no surprise that most Americans think many big-time athletic programs break the rules.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that one-in-three American Adults (33%) think just about all big-time college athletic programs break the rules on a regular basis when it comes to recruiting top players. Twenty-three percent (23%) think about half of major programs break the rules, while 24% think less than half do, including 11% who say it’s very few programs. One-in-five (20%), however, are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 24-25, 2014 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 Losing Confidence in Feds, Public Health System to Handle Ebola

    While Americans aren’t exactly panicking over Ebola, they have become slightly more critical of the federal government’s response and slightly less confident that the public health system will be able to contain the virus.

    Thirty-one percent (31%) of American Adults believe the federal government is doing a good or excellent job protecting Americans from the danger of Ebola, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. But 35% now say the federal government is doing a poor job in this area. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 18-19, 2014 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 Stand Up for Religious Leaders Defending Their Faith

    Houston’s lesbian Mayor Annise Parker recently subpoenaed sermons, speeches and private communications by pastors in the city opposed to a proposed gay rights ordinance. This has prompted an angry response from advocates of religious freedom nationwide, and voters strongly agree that religious leaders standing up for the beliefs of their faith should not be subject to prosecution.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 77% of Likely U.S. Voters do not believe the government should be allowed to prosecute religious leaders for comments that criticize government and social policies that violate the basic beliefs of their religion. Just 14% think the government should be able to prosecute religious leaders on these grounds. (To see question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 17-18, 2014 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 Aren’t Panicking Over Ebola

    Americans are keeping their cool about Ebola, but some acknowledge that they have changed travel plans because of the outbreak of the deadly virus in the United States.

    Two-out-of-three American Adults (66%) continue to agree that Ebola is a serious public health problem for Americans now, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Thirty-one percent (31%) say the virus that has killed thousands of West Africans is not a serious worry for Americans. This includes 29% who say it is a Very Serious problem and just six percent (6%) who say it is Not At All Serious. (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 October 18-19, 2014. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Americans Endorse Euthanasia – and A Life Beyond

    The decision of a 29-year-old California woman with terminal cancer to end her life has cast the spotlight again on states that allow voluntary assisted suicide. Americans by a near two-to-one margin support the practice known as voluntary euthanasia, but most also believe there is life after death.

    Three U.S. states now allow voluntary euthanasia or medically assisted suicide for those who are terminally ill, and 50% of American Adults favor this practice. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 27% are opposed, but nearly as many (23%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 10-11, 2014 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 We Still Celebrate Columbus Day?

    “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Most Americans know this, but they’re not as sure we should still be celebrating his journey as a national holiday.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just eight percent (8%) of American Adults consider Columbus Day, which falls today, one of our nation’s most important holidays. Forty-five percent (45%) consider it one of the least important holidays, while 43% think it’s somewhere in between. That’s in line with surveys since 2007. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 10-11, 2014 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 Life is Good

    While Ebola, enterovirus and ISIS dominate the headlines, most Americans rate their lives positively.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 67% of American Adults now consider their own life good or excellent. This is unchanged from 2012   but up from 61% in October 2010.  Just eight percent (8%) say their life is poor. This is also unchanged from 2012 but down slightly from 11% two years earlier.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 6-7, 2014 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 Obama No Longer Deserves His Nobel Prize

    As the winners of this year's Nobel Prizes continue to be announced this week, Americans remain skeptical about the politics behind the process and question President Obama’s Peace Prize win in 2009.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 54% of American Adults think politics play a role in the awarding of Nobel Prizes. Just 17% disagree, but 30% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 6-7, 2014 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 High School Grads Have Skills for College, Workforce

    Voters don’t hold much hope for the Class of 2015 – most say high school graduates today don’t have the skills for either college or the workforce.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 22% of Likely U.S. Voters think most high school graduates today have the skills needed for college. This is up slightly from May  and in line with findings from earlier this year. Fifty-nine percent (59%) disagree, down eight points from May, which was the highest level of concern about high schoolers’ college readiness to date. Twenty percent (20%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 5-6, 2014 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.

  • 70% Oppose Police Seizure of Property Without A Criminal Conviction

    Americans strongly believe someone needs to be convicted of a crime before their property can be seized, even though that’s contrary to current federal law and police practice.

    After all, 84% of American Adults agree with the basic principle of criminal justice in this country that even someone charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 11% think someone is guilty until proven innocent. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 2-3, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error 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

  • 87% Exercise At Least Once a Week

    Most Americans exercise at least once a week and believe it’s important for a healthy life.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that an overwhelming 86% of American Adults consider exercise at least somewhat important to their daily lives, with 39% who view it as Very Important. Most adults have consistently said exercise is important in their daily life in surveys since 2006. Only 13% 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 September 30-October 1, 2014 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 Than Ever Plan to Get a Flu Shot This Year

    Flu season is back, and more Americans than ever plan to do something about it.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% of American Adults say they intend to get a flu shot this year. That's up six points from last year and the highest finding since we first started asking this question in 2006. Thirty-five percent (35%) don’t plan on getting a shot this year, down from 44% a year ago. Seven percent (7%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 4-5, 2014 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 to Government: Keep Your Hands Off My Property

    Americans strongly oppose the practice of eminent domain that allows government to seize private property for public use. Perhaps in large part that’s because they don’t trust government in general.

    Just 15% of Americans Adults favor eminent domain, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Sixty-six percent (66%) oppose the law that allows government to seize an individual’s land for public use including the construction of public buildings and even commercial development. Nineteen percent (19%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 2-3, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error 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 Favor Temporary Flight Ban From Ebola-Affected Areas in Africa

    Following news of the first Ebola case diagnosed in Dallas, Texas, American adults are more concerned about the virus and most favor a temporary ban on flights from African countries afflicted with the virus. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that most Americans (58%) believe the United States should impose a temporary ban on all airline flights from countries in Africa where there are confirmed cases of Ebola. Twenty-four percent (24%) don’t think there should be such a ban, while 17% more are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 4-5, 2014 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 Think Americans Should Be Proud of U.S. History

    Most adults think their fellow Americans should be proud of the nation’s history, but most doubt that they actually know much about it.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 72% of American Adults say Americans should be proud of the history of the United States. They’ve been saying the same for over six years. Just 12% think they should be ashamed of it, while 16% are not sure. (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 September 26-27, 2014. 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 Concerned But Confident Health System Can Beat Enterovirus

    At least four deaths in this country have now been attributed to a new strain of the severe respiratory disease known as enterovirus, and more than one-out-of-four Americans now say there are cases of it in their own state. But most are at least somewhat confident that the U.S. public health system can control the disease.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% of American Adults are at least somewhat concerned personally about the threat of this new enterovirus, with 21% who are Very Concerned. Thirty-six percent (36%) don’t share that concern, but that includes only six percent (6%) who are Not At All Concerned. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on September 30-October 1, 2014 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.