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  • Voters See More Wildfires But Differ On Why

    Like President Trump and California Governor Jerry Brown, voters disagree on the cause of the wildfires raging in northern California, but most think this is a worse season for fires than usual.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters believe there have been more wildfires this year than in past years. Only 28% think there's just been more media coverage of the fires than there has been in the past. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • TSA Is On the Up-And-Up With Americans

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) now says that reports of possible cuts to screenings at smaller airports were merely part of a budget exercise to study cost-saving options. But the organization now faces more scrutiny over their Quiet Skies program, in which air marshals attempt to discover potential terrorists who have not already been identified as potential threats. But more Americans these days like the TSA and the airline security process.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 45% of American Adults now have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of the TSA, including 11% with a Very Favorable one. This is up from May 2016, when just 30% viewed the airline security agency favorably, including just six percent (6%) who gave them a Very Favorable rating.  Thirty-nine percent (39%) of Americans now have an unfavorable opinion of the TSA, down from 60% two years ago. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • $200K For A Trip To Space? No Thanks, Americans Say

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' rocket company reportedly plans to charge passengers at least $200,000 for its first trips into space next year. But most Americans aren’t interested in taking the trip, even if they could afford the hefty ticket price.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 28% of American Adults say, if they could afford it, they would travel into space on a commercial flight. Sixty-three percent (63%) would not, while 10% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 29-30, 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.

  • Adults Don't See Enough Exercise for Kids Today

    Americans still think kids today aren’t getting enough exercise, but they’re less convinced that American kids are less fit than their foreign counterparts than in the past.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 79% of American Adults say children today do not get enough exercise. Just 11% think they do, but another 11% are not sure. This is virtually unchanged from surveys since 2013. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 23-24, 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.

  • Social Media Users Want Free Speech

    In its ongoing fight against "fake news," Facebook has removed several pages from its site, but many users are angry that they've yet to remove a page known for spreading conspiracy theories and unsubstantiated rumors. Despite the outcry, though, most users still think it's best to let speech go unfettered on social media.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 59% agree that owners of social media should allow free speech without interference, while 25% think it is better if they regulate what is posted to make sure some people are not offended. These findings show little change from surveys since July 2016. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 19 & 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.

  • Few Favor Banning Neckties

    A mayor in southern California is moving to ban neckties from workplace dress codes, citing studies that suggest the neckwear restricts blood flow to the brain. But Americans aren’t ready to say goodbye to the formalwear just yet and few think it’s the government’s place to make that decision.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 11% of American Adults favor banning neckties, while 65% are opposed. Another 24% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 15-16, 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 Support Free Money Program to Combat Poverty

    To combat poverty, a California city has launched a pilot program in which some residents will receive $500 per month with no strings attached. But nearly half of Americans wouldn’t welcome such a program in their area.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 34% of American Adults favor establishing a so-called Universal Basic Income program in their own community. Forty-eight percent (48%) are opposed, 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 July 10, 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 Melt for Chocolate Ice Cream

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream—preferably chocolate, butter pecan or vanilla, and in the comforts of home.

    Chocolate has claimed the top ice cream flavor spot, the favorite choice of 19% of American Adults, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey. That is closely followed by butter pecan (16%) and vanilla (15%). Mint chocolate chip is the top choice for 12% of Americans, with cookies and cream (9%), strawberry (7%) and coffee (6%) rounding out the pack. Another 14%, though, prefer some other flavor. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • Most Oppose Affirmative Action in College Admissions

    Americans have mixed feelings about affirmative action programs in general, but most agree with the Trump administration’s decision to reverse Obama era policies that made race a deciding factor in college admissions.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 53% of American Adults believe it is better for higher education in the United States if colleges and universities accept only the most qualified students for admissions. Thirty-seven percent (37%) disagree and say it’s better instead if colleges and universities make sure there is enough racial diversity in the students they accept. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 5 and 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.

  • Independence Day Still An Important Holiday for Americans

    The Fourth of July continues to be one of the nation’s most important holidays in the eyes of Americans, but the number of adults who feel that way is dwindling.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of American Adults consider Independence Day one of the nation’s most important holidays. That’s down from 56% in 2017, 61% in 2016 and 58% in 2015. Only six percent (6%) think the Fourth of July is the least important holiday, while 40% feel it’s somewhere in between. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • 37% Are Tuning In to This Year’s World Cup

    The World Cup may be under way in Russia, but U.S. interest in soccer remains a mixed bag, with younger Americans more likely to watch than older Americans, and an overall decline in recognition of the event.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 37% of American Adults say they have watched or will watch at least some of the 2018 World Cup. This finding is little changed from 2014 when 39% said they planned on watching the soccer championship. Fifty-five percent (55%) say they will not watch the tournament this year. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • Half Think Their Fellow Americans Play Video Games Too Much

    The World Health Organization now classifies “gaming disorder,” or a video game addiction, as a mental health condition. But while most Americans say they rarely or never play video games, half think most Americans play too much.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 64% of American Adults say they personally rarely or never play video games in a typical week. Thirty-three percent (33%) play at least occasionally, including five percent (5%) who say they play video games every day or nearly every day. This shows little change from when Rasmussen Reports last asked this question in 2014. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on June 21 & 24, 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.

  • Regular Cell Phone Users Downplay Cancer Connection

    Americans aren't overly concerned that cell phone usage may lead to cancer.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 19% of American Adults say they rarely or never use a cell phone to make calls, send text messages and e-mails or use the internet. Fifty-eight percent (58%) use their cell phones at least several times a day, with nine percent (9%) who use it every hour and 10% who use their phone constantly. Another 22% say they use their cell phone only once or twice a day. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on June 17-18, 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

  • Fewer See Benefit of Summer Break, But Still Value Summer Work

    As summer vacation begins, most adults still see the value in the break for students and in work for young people during this break. They’re likelier to think it will be easier for young people to find summer jobs now, though.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of American Adults think most students learn life lessons during summer vacation that could never been learned in a classroom, though that’s down from 57% four years ago and 71% in 2011. 

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on June 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 View Online Dating Sites More Favorably

    Facebook announced last month that it is launching a dating app which could be good news for the social network since Americans look more favorably these days on dating sites.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 21% of American Adults now have a favorable opinion of online dating services like eHarmony and match.com, up from just 16% in late 2012. Slightly more (29%) still view dating sites unfavorably, but that’s down noticeably from the 44% who felt that way in the earlier survey. Fifty percent (50%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

     

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on June 11-12, 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.

  • Half of Adults Think We Should Retest Older Drivers

    Americans are still on board with requiring older drivers to take annual tests to renew their driver’s licenses, though they’re more divided over when that testing should start.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of American Adults think there should be an age limit set for older drivers when they are required to take annual tests before having their driver’s license renewed. This is down from 63% who favored such annual tests in 2010.  Twenty-nine percent (29%) do not think older drivers should be retested annually, up slightly from 24% eight years ago, but 19% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on June 7 & 10, 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.

  • 63% Say Fatherhood Is a Man’s Most Important Role

    Sunday is Father’s Day, and while most adults still think being a father is the most important job for a man today, that belief has tapered off from past years.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 63% of American Adults think being a father is the most important role for a man to fill in today’s world, down from 70% last year and a previous low of 68% in 2014. Eighteen percent (18%) now say fatherhood is not a man’s most important role, while 19% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on June 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 Like Championship-Winning Sports Team Visits to the White House

    The White House canceled a planned visit by the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles after only a small number of players agreed to visit. Despite the last-minute change of plans, nearly half of Americans think these special recognition ceremonies should continue, and more Americans than ever see professional athletes as good role models.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 49% of American Adults think presidents should continue inviting championship teams in most major sports to the White House, while 28% believe the tradition should end. A sizable 22% 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 7 and 10, 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.

  • 23% Less Likely to Watch Miss America Pageant Sans Swimsuit Competition

    The annual Miss America pageant has announced that it is scrapping the swimsuit competition and will no longer judge contestants on the basis of their physical appearance. Most Americans have watched the competition in the past and say the new rules won’t change their viewing habits. But for some, the change means they’ll likely tune out.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 62% of American Adults have watched the Miss America competition before, while 35% have not. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on June 7 & 10, 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.

  • Does The U.S. Spend Enough On Its Students?

    According to the U.S. Department of Education, the United States spends nearly $13,000 per student per year on education, but voters still don’t think that’s enough.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters think the nearly $13,000 spent per student per year on average is too little. Interestingly, that is the most voters who have said the United States spends too little on education in five years, even though that expenditure has climbed from about $10,000 in 2013 and $11,000 in 2014 and 2015

    During those years, the number who felt the country was spending too little on education typically remained in the mid-30s. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on May 30-31, 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.