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  • Americans Anticipate a Good 2019

    After a good 2018, Americans are feeling pretty good about the year to come, though not quite as good as in years past.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of American Adults think 2019 will be at least a good year. That includes 15% who expect it to be one of the best years ever, 18% who feel it will be an excellent year and another 21% who say it will be a good year. Only 19% expect 2019 to be a poor year. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 26-27, 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.

  • 2018 Topped Recent Years for Most Americans

    Americans had faith at the beginning of 2018 that it would be a good year, and now they say it turned out to be an even better one than the last several.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of American Adults look back on 2018 in a positive way, with 19% who say it was a good year, 19% an excellent one and 14% who regard it as one of the best years ever. Only 25% believe it was a poor year. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 26-27, 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.

  • Welcome 2019!

    It’s officially a new year, but Americans aren’t heralding the holiday as one of the nation’s most important.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 13% of American Adults consider New Year’s Day to be one of our nation’s most important holidays, in line with recent years. Twenty-nine percent (29%) think it’s one of the least important holidays, while 54% see it as somewhere in between. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 26-27, 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 Will Be Counting Down to 2019

    It’s almost time to ring in 2019, and most will be welcoming the new year at home.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 63% of American Adults will be at home at midnight when the new year arrives. Thirteen percent (13%) will be at a friend’s house, while seven percent (7%) will be at a restaurant or bar. Another 12% will be somewhere else. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 26-27, 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 Think Race Should Factor into Student Punishments

    The Trump administration is planning to roll back race-based Obama-era school discipline policies, arguing that they have led to more lax discipline overall and a rise in school violence. Americans overwhelmingly agree that a student’s racial background should not be a factor in discipline.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that, when it comes to school discipline, 89% of American Adults say a student’s racial or ethnic background should not be a factor in determining the severity of the punishment handed down. Just six percent (6%) think a student’s race should have any bearing on their punishment.  (To see question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 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

  • Christmastime Is Here

    Today is Christmas, and most still consider it an important and holy day.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 60% of American Adults consider Christmas one of our nation’s most important holidays, while only six percent (6%) believe it’s one of the least important. Twenty-eight percent (28%) place Christmas somewhere in between. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 20 and 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.

  • Hey Holiday Shoppers, The Clock Is Ticking

    The hour is getting late, but quite a few Americans have not yet begun to shop.

    Tomorrow’s the big day, but the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 16% of American Adults still have not begun their holiday gift shopping. Seventy-nine percent (79%) have. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 20 and 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.

  • It’s the Holiday Travel Rush, But Americans Aren’t Going Anywhere

    Today is expected to be one of the busiest travel days of the year, but most Americans are staying put this year. 

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 22% of American Adults say they are planning to travel away from home this holiday season, while 69% are not. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    This survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 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 Haven’t Given Up On Christmas Cards

    Though some consider the tradition of sending Christmas cards a relic of the past, nearly half still plan on mailing them out this year.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 49% of American Adults plan to send Christmas cards this year, up from a low of 45% who planned to send them a year ago and 47% in 2014.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    This survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 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.

  • Many Are Feeling Charitable This Christmas

    Americans don’t plan to be a Scrooge this Christmas and are instead planning to donate to charity in the name of holiday spirit.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 80% of American Adults say they are at least somewhat likely to make a charitable donation of some kind this year, including 58% who are Very Likely to do so. That’s unchanged from a year ago but down slightly from 84% in 2015 and 85% in 2014. However, the number of Americans feeling charitable this year is still up from 76% four years ago.

    Just 18% are not likely to make a donation this year, including seven percent (7%) who are Not At All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    This survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on December 16-17, 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.

  • What Are You Waiting For? One-in-Five Americans Haven’t Started Holiday Shopping Yet

    ‘Twas the week before Christmas, but one-in-five Americans have not yet started their holiday shopping.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 19% of American Adults have not started their holiday gift shopping yet, while 75% have started. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

  • Most are Good Spellers, Don’t Consult Dictionary Often

    Dictionary publishers around the globe are now broadcasting their picks for this year’s “word of the year”, but are dictionaries still relevant in today’s age?

    Most American Adults (78%) say they are a good speller, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey. Just 13% admit they are not good at spelling. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 12-13, 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 Blame Politicians, News Media for 'Toxic' Culture

    The Oxford English Dictionary named “toxic” as the word of the year for 2018 because of its increased usage in the context of the environment, politics and in connection with the #MeToo movement. Americans are torn on whether the word should have received the honor, but agree that politicians and the media have contributed to a toxic culture.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 43% of American Adults agree with the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary that “toxic” is the word of the year. Thirty-seven percent (37%) disagree, while a sizable 20% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 12-13, 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.

  • Religion An Important Part of Most Americans’ Lives

    With the holiday season upon us, most Americans still consider their faith an important part of their life, even if they don’t attend services regularly.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 71% of American Adults say their religious faith is at least somewhat important in their daily life, including 47% who say it’s Very Important. Just 27% say their faith does not play an important role in their life, with 15% who say it is 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 December 10-11, 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 More Religion Would Make the Country a Better Place

    This holiday season, Americans think a little more religion would go a long way.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of American Adults think America would be a better place if most people attended religious services on a regular basis, down just slightly from 53% who said the same in 2015.

    Just nine percent (9%) think more religious attendance would make the country a worse place, while 31% think it would have no impact on America. Another 11% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 10-11, 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 They Have True Freedom of Speech Today

    With beloved holiday songs and shows now coming under fire for supposedly inappropriate messages, many are wondering whether free speech is officially dead.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 26% of American Adults believe they have true freedom of speech today, while most (68%) think Americans 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 December 6 & 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 Overwhelmingly Celebrate Christmas

    Christmas is once again top dog this holiday season, as most Americans prepare to welcome Santa and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ this December.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 82% of American Adults will be celebrating Christmas this holiday season, the long-running winner. Just three percent (3%) of Americans are celebrating Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Yule, while two percent (2%) will celebrate some other religious observance. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 6 & 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.

  • 74% Say Christmas Should Be Celebrated in Public Schools

    Most Americans continue to believe Christmas should be celebrated in public schools, and that there’s a place for religious symbols on public land.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 74% of American Adults say Christmas should be celebrated in public schools, while 14% disagree. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 6 & 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 Aren't Enthusiastic About Driverless Cars

    Uber is restarting its testing of driverless cars, eight months after one of their self-driving vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian, but Americans aren’t any readier to embrace the technology.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 14% of American Adults say they would hire a self-driving car through a service like Uber or Lyft. Seventy-five percent (75%) say they would opt for a car they can drive instead. Another 12% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on December 6 & 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.

  • Jesus Vs. Santa, And The Winner Is…

    Most Americans still believe Jesus is the reason for the season and prefer commercial Christmas greetings over generic holiday ones.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that two-out-of three American Adults (67%) believe Christmas should be more about Jesus Christ than about Santa Claus. Just 14% think the holiday should be more Santa-focused, 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 December 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.