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  • More Than Half of Americans Know Someone Who Committed Suicide

    A new study from Columbia University finds suicide attempt rates among American Adults on the rise, and more than half today say they’ve lost someone to suicide.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 55% of American Adults know someone who has committed suicide. Forty percent (40%) do not. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 14 & 17, 2017 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

  • Should Americans Have A Third Gender Option on Official IDs?

    Canada is now the first nation in the Americas to allow citizens to list themselves as a third gender on their passports, and California is poised to be the first state to do the same when it comes to drivers’ licenses. But Americans overall aren’t quite ready to go that far.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 32% of American Adults favor allowing a third gender option on passports, drivers’ licenses and other official forms of identification. Fifty-one percent (51%) are opposed to this gender neutral option, while a sizable 17% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 29-30, 2017, 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 Still See Summer as Vacation Time

    Summer may be winding down now, but more than half of Americans took advantage of the warmer months while they lasted by taking some time off for a little rest and relaxation. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 4-5, 2017 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.

  • For Most, Labor Day Says Summer’s Over

    Americans don’t attach a lot of importance to Labor Day, although just over half think it signals the end of summer. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 31 and September 3, 2017 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 Glued to Local Stations, Internet for Weather News

    As Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak havoc on Texas, most Americans are following the news intently, and many are doing so through their local television news station.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters get most of their weather news from local TV stations, while 29% get weather updates on the internet. Twenty-four percent (24%) view weather news on cable TV, while just seven percent (7%) get that news from either radio or newspapers. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 29-30, 2017 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.

  • Kaepernick Hiring Has No Impact on NFL Viewing Habits

    Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who left the team in 2016 to become a free agent, is still not currently signed to any professional team as the football season gets under way. But whether or not Kaepernick is signed to a team this season will have little impact on Americans tuning in for NFL games.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 13% of American Adults say they will be more likely to watch National Football League games this fall if Kaepernick has not been hired by any NFL team. Nineteen percent (19%) are less likely to watch NFL games if Kaepernick remains unsigned, but most (61%) say it will have no impact on their viewing habits. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 27-28, 2017 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 Feel Bad About Modern Children's Lives

    Most Americans continue to think children are worse off these days.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 51% of American Adults believe the quality of life for children today is worse than it was a generation ago. That’s up only slightly from four years ago and ties the high first reached in 2011. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 24-25, 2017 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 Americans Think 11-16 is Appropriate Age to Get a Cell Phone

    Parents across the country are being urged to sign a “Wait Until 8th ” pledge to not buy their children a smartphone until eighth grade. A plurality of adults agrees middle school is the right time for kids to get cell phones. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 23-24, 2017 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 Give High Marks to Their Kids' Schools

    As parents gear up to send their children back to the classroom, most still think highly of their local schools but not nearly as much as they did a year ago. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 210 American Adults With School-Aged Children was conducted on August 21-22, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 7 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 Prefer September School Start, Summer Break

    Many students around the country are already back in school, while those in several other states are enjoying a few more weeks of summer vacation until schools reopen. Half of adults think schools should wait until after Labor Day, but parents are more divided. Few want to eliminate the summer break altogether, though. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 21-22, 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.

  • 73% Say Freedom of Speech Worth Dying For

    Americans agree freedom of speech is under assault but strongly insist that they are prepared to defend that freedom even at the cost of their lives if necessary. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 17 & 20, 2017 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 28% Think Americans Have True Freedom of Speech Today

    Few Americans think they have true freedom of speech today and think the country is too politically correct.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 28% of American Adults think Americans have true freedom of speech today. Most (66%) think, rather, they have to be careful not to say something politically incorrect to avoid getting in trouble. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 17 & 20, 2017 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

  • 44% Say Opioid Abuse a Problem Where They Live

    President Trump has officially declared the nation’s opioid crisis a national emergency. A plurality of Americans agree it’s a major problem where they live, and the number who think most doctors overprescribe drugs has jumped dramatically in the past three years.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 44% of American Adults say abuse of opioid drugs is a major problem in the area where they live. Thirty-three percent (33%) say opioid abuse is not a problem in their area, but another one-in-four (23%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 13-14, 2017 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.

  • 40% Favor Affirmative Action

    The Trump administration plans to investigate affirmative action policies at major universities in an attempt to challenge what they consider discriminatory practices against white and Asian-American students. But despite the administration’s attempt to overturn affirmative action programs, Americans like them more than ever, even though few think it has been a success. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 3 & 6, 2017 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 Still Regularly Exercising

    Exercising remains an important part of most Americans’ lives, and most report getting active at least once a week.\

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that an overwhelming 86% of American Adults consider exercise at least somewhat important to their daily lives, with 45% who view it as Very Important. Only 12% 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 July 30-31, 2017 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 View Boy Scouts Favorably

    Despite the criticism surrounding President Trump’s speech at their jamboree last month, the Boy Scouts of America are viewed more favorably among Americans, but still remain slightly less popular than the Girl Scouts.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 75% of American Adults have a favorable opinion of the Boy Scouts, including 35% who have a Very Favorable impression. The overall finding is up from 68% in 2015  and 65% in May 2013. Just 16% have an unfavorable opinion of the Boy Scouts, including four percent (4%) who view them Very Unfavorably. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on July 26-27, 2017 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.

  • 47% Still Paying More for Health Care

    Most Americans still say their health hasn't changed in recent years, but nearly half are also paying more for health care.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of American Adults say their personal health is about the same as it was five years ago. Nineteen percent (19%) say their health is better today, while 24% say their health is worse. These findings are little changed from last year at this time. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 24-25, 2017 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 Report Being Scolded By Their Doctors

    Nearly half of Americans say their doctor recommended a lifestyle change during their last checkup.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 74% of American Adults have seen a doctor for a general physical exam in the last 12 months, and 46% of those Americans say their doctor recommended lifestyle changes in the way they eat, drink or exercise. That’s up from 36% two months ago,  and is the highest finding measured in surveys since 2012. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 24-25, 2017 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 Americans More Interested in Sports or Politics?

    Stand back, LeBron. Move over, Patriots. Americans by a better than two-to-one margin have their eye more on politics these days.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of American Adults say they are more interested in politics than in sports. Just 26% are more interested in sports, while 17% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 18-19, 2017 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 Would Rather Watch Sports on TV Than Live

    More than half of Americans are avid sports fans, but most would rather enjoy sporting events in the comfort of their own home than in the stadium.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 55% of American Adults follow sports events in America at least somewhat closely, including 19% who follow Very Closely. Forty-three percent (43%) do not follow sports closely, including 17% who say they don’t follow sports at all. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 18-19, 2017 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.