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  • 28% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

    Twenty-six percent (26%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey for the week ending September 7.

    That's up one point from the week before. The number who say the country is heading in the right direction has been below 30% most weeks for the past year. Early last October during the partial federal government shutdown, confidence in the country’s course fell to 13%, the lowest finding in five years.

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    The national telephone survey of 3,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on September 1-7, 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.

  • Voters Trust Republicans More Than Democrats on Nine Out of 15 Major Issues

    Voters continue to put more trust in Republicans than Democrats to handle important policy issues regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports like the economy and job creation, though they trust Democrats more on other top issues like health care and Social Security. 

    The economy remains the number one issue in terms of importance for the next election,  and the GOP still holds a 44% to 41% lead in voter trust on that issue. Since June 2009, the GOP has led in voter trust on the economy in all but one survey.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    Three national surveys of 1,000 Likely Voters each were conducted on September 7-8, 11-12 & 15-16, 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.

  • Wisconsin Governor: Walker (R) 48%, Burke (D) 46%

    Wisconsin’s gubernatorial race remains close, but Republican Governor Scott Walker is slightly ahead of his Democratic challenger among voters who say they are certain to vote in the election.

    Walker picks up 48% of the vote to Democrat Mary Burke’s 46% in a new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Wisconsin Voters. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate in the race, while another three percent (3%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Wisconsin was conducted on September 15-16, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 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 Still Say No to D.C. Statehood

    Most voters still don’t think Washington, D.C. should be a state, and they remain closely divided over whether Congress should give up its long-standing veto power over the city’s laws and budget.

    The U.S. Constitution designates the nation’s capital as a federal district, not a state, and only 24% of Likely U.S. Voters believe that should be changed. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% oppose statehood for Washington, D.C. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 15-16, 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.

  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove (see trends).

    The latest figures include 21% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21.

    Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

  • New Hampshire Governor: Hassan (D) 51%, Havenstein (R) 40%

    Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan leads Republican challenger Walt Havenstein by double digits in her bid for reelection in New Hampshire.

    New Hampshire is rated Safe Democrat on the Rasmussen Reports 2014 Gubernatorial Scorecard. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    Hassan, a former state senator, is running for her second two-year term after winning the 2012 election against Republican Ovide Lamontagne with 55% of the vote. She is backed by 89% of the state’s Democrats and leads Havenstein 52% to 34% among voters not affiliated with either major political party. Havenstein, a businessman, defeated three other hopefuls in last Tuesday's state GOP primary and now has the support of 80% of New Hampshire Republicans.

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    The survey of 750 Likely Voters in New Hampshire was conducted on September 10-11, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 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 Voters Still Want Government to Cut Spending to Boost Economy

    In reacting to the nation’s current economic problems, more voters worry the government won’t do enough than that it will do too much. However, they hope the government’s response is to cut spending, not increase it.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters are more concerned that the government won't dip enough in responding to the bad economy. Just 38% are more worried that the government will do too much. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 11-12, 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.

  • Hawaii Senate: Schatz (D) 60%, Cavasso (R) 28%

    Appointed Democratic Senator Brian Schatz holds a two-to-one lead over his Republican challenger Campbell Cavasso in the bid to keep his seat in Hawaii.

    Hawaii is rated Safe Democrat in the Rasmussen Reports 2014 Senate Balance of Power rankings. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Hawaii was conducted on September 9-10, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • New Hampshire Senate: Shaheen (D) 48%, Brown (R) 42%

    The gap is narrowing, but incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen is still ahead of Republican Scott Brown in one of the nation’s closest watched U.S. Senate races.

    A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely New Hampshire Voters finds Shaheen with 48% support to Brown’s 42%. Five percent (5%) prefer another candidate, and another five percent (5%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 750 Likely Voters in New Hampshire was conducted on September 10-11, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Generic Congressional Ballot: Democrats 41%, Republicans 38%

    Democrats have retaken the lead on the latest Generic Congressional Ballot.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey for the week ending September 14 finds that 41% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for the Democrat in their district’s congressional race if the election were held today, while 38% would choose the Republican.

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    The national telephone survey of 3,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from September 8-14, 2014. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.