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Voters See More Wildfires But Differ On Why

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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.

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