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  • Voters Blame Politicians for Federal Deficit

    Voters think it’s important to consider spending cuts across the board to reduce the federal budget, but they think it’s that fault of politicians that nothing is getting cut.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 77% of Likely U.S. Voters think politicians’ unwillingness to reduce government spending is more to blame for the size of the federal deficit than taxpayers’ unwillingness to pay more in taxes. Fourteen percent (14%) think taxpayers are more to blame for the size of the deficit. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 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.

  • 32% Say FBI Director Must Go

    Most voters continue to view the embattled Federal Bureau of Investigation favorably and aren’t ready to fire the FBI’s boss because of its failure to act on warning signs about the Florida school shooter.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 32% of Likely U.S. Voters think FBI Director Christopher Wray should resign or be fired because of the agency’s failure to act on tips alerting them beforehand to the shooter who killed 17 last week. Just over half (52%) disagree, but 16% 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 February 19-20, 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.

  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove.

    The latest figures include 31% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 43% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -12. (see trends).

    Regular updates are posted Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily email update).

    Now that Gallup has quit the field, Rasmussen Reports is the only nationally recognized public opinion firm that still tracks President Trump's job approval ratings on a daily basis. If your organization is interested in a weekly or longer sponsorship of Rasmussen Reports' Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, please send e-mail to  beth@rasmussenreports.com .

  • Support High for Trump's Infrastructure Plan

    President Trump’s plan to fix the nation’s ailing infrastructure calls for generating $1.5 trillion in upgrades through ventures involving the federal government, state government and private industry. Most voters support the proposal, and among those voters, most like the idea of finding outside sources to help fund it.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 65% of Likely U.S. Voters favor Trump’s major plan to improve America’s infrastructure, including highways, bridges and tunnels. Seventeen percent (17%) oppose the plan, while 18% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

  • Voters Don’t Think Congress Will Fix the Big Problems

    Most voters continue to believe the Republican-led Congress is doing a poor job, perhaps in part because they lack faith that lawmakers  will do anything about the biggest issues facing the country.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 15% of Likely U.S. Voters now think Congress is doing a good or excellent job. That’s up just slightly from 13% in November and ties July’s finding, but is significantly lower than the 11-year high of 25% reached a year ago. Fifty-four percent (54%) now think Congress is doing a poor job, virtually unchanged from the previous survey. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 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.

  • 40% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

    Forty percent (40%) of Likely U.S. Voters now think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey for the week ending February 15.

    This is down three points from last week, which marked the highest level of optimism in almost a year. This finding ran in the mid- to upper 20s for much of 2016, and rose to the mid-to upper 40s for the first month of the Trump presidency.

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    The national telephone survey of 2,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from February 11-15, 2018. 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.

  • Americans Now More Supportive of Further Gun Control, Feel Schools Less Safe

    Following last week's school shooting in Florida, Americans rate more gun control on the same level with treatment of the mentally ill as the best way to stop incidents of this kind. They also are a lot more concerned about how safe schools are.

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 15 & 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.

  • What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls

    The week began with the stock markets recovering from the previous week’s losses and Congress agreeing on a two-year budget deal to end a series of government shutdowns.

  • 46% Say 'Yes' to Fracking, But Want Oil to Stay Here

    A rise in U.S. shale production over the last several years has created a surplus of oil that is now in high demand from countries overseas. Though support for fracking has dropped slightly, nearly half still favor the idea, but most say if we’re going to do it, we should keep the surplus oil here at home.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a process known as hydraulic fracturing used to drill for oil and natural gas in shale oil reserves. Thirty-nine percent (39%) are opposed to fracking. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on February 7-8, 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.

  • Half of Americans Like Trump's Alternative to Food Stamps

    President Trump has proposed shifting at least half of a food stamp recipient's monthly benefit from a monetary payment to a box of healthy, homegrown food. Nearly half of Americans believe it’s too easy to get food stamps and are open to this new plan.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 49% of American Adults favor Trump’s plan to subsidize Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits with a monthly box of shelf-stable food, including pasta, cereal, shelf-stable milk and canned produce, called “America’s Harvest Box.” Thirty-six percent (36%) oppose that plan, but 15% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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