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CURRENT EVENTS

  • Most Favor Death Penalty, But Don't Think It Deters Crime

    On Monday, Arkansas executed two death-row criminals in the nation’s first double execution since 2000. Americans in general still favor the death penalty, but they’re not convinced it actually helps deter crime.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of American Adults favor the death penalty, while 31% oppose it. Another 15% are not sure how they feel about capital punishment. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 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 Say Europeans Need More U.S. Help to Fight Terror

    Most Americans worry that France is losing the fight against radical Islamic terrorism and think the United States and the rest of the world should step up to help turn the tide.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 34% of American Adults are confident that the French government will be able to stop the current wave of radical Islamic terrorism in its country, and that includes just five percent (5%) who are Very Confident. Fifty-three percent (53%) don’t share that confidence, with 13% who are Not At All Confident that the French can defeat these terrorists. Another 13% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 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.

  • Voters Think U.S. Environment's in Good Shape

    With Earth Day just behind us and Arbor Day ahead, most voters think the environment in this country is doing well.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters now rate the quality of the environment in the United States as good or excellent, while just 13% give it poor marks. That’s the highest positive rating for the environment’s quality yet. Between 2013 and 2015, that number remained in the mid- to high-40s. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 19-20, 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.

  • Voters Say Stay the Course in Afghanistan

    The United States dropped their biggest non-nuclear bomb on an ISIS camp in Afghanistan earlier this month, and while nearly half of voters still see the Middle East nation as a national security interest, they’re not convinced the situation there is likely to change.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters consider Afghanistan a vital national security interest for the United States, tying the highest finding since 2012. Thirty-two percent (32%) do not, but 23% are not sure. These findings are virtually unchanged from a year ago. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 17-18, 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 Like Trump’s Response to North Korean Menace

    Voters strongly consider North Korea a danger to the United States and tend to support President Trump’s tough response to that country’s aggressive nuclear weapons program.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 86% of Likely U.S. Voters view North Korea as a serious national security threat to the United States, with 52% who describe it as a Very Serious one. Just 11% view North Korea as a not very or Not At All Serious threat. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 17-18, 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 Still See Russia As Possible Ally

    President Trump says U.S. relations with Russia are at “an all-time low,” but voters think the United States can still work with Russia on some issues. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 11-12, 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 Less Fearful of Worsening U.S.-Russia Relations

    Voters appear to be less concerned that tense United States-Russia relations will have a negative impact on America, but they still strongly believe the two nations are headed for another Cold War scenario.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 35% of Likely U.S. Voters say the country's worsening relationship with Russia is bad for America, while just 16% say it's good for the country. Another 38% say worsening relations between the two countries will have no impact on America. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 9-10, 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 Support Trump’s Airstrike But See Syria As A UN Problem

    Most voters support President Trump’s missile strike on Syria but feel further action against the Syrian government should come from the United Nations and not the United States alone.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the president’s decision to launch a major airstrike against the Syrian military airfield responsible for a chemical weapons attack on civilians.  Thirty-two percent (32%) are opposed to that attack, while 11% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 9-10, 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.

  • GOP Voters See Merit-Based System As Legal Immigration Solution

    President Trump has proposed moving toward a merit-based legal immigration system that grants visas based on one’s skill levels rather than their family connections. Republican voters think that’s a pretty good solution.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 60% of Republican voters favor moving to a merit-based system for legal immigration, while most Democrats (55%) want to keep the existing family-based system. Among voters not affiliated with either major party, 47% favor switching to a merit-based system, while 32% want to stay on the existing family-based one. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 3-4, 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 Voters Not Happy With Current U.S.-China Trade Situation

    As President Donald Trump prepares for his first meeting with the Chinese president, most voters believe the current trade situation with the two nations benefits Beijing more than Washington.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters say the current trade situation between the United States and China is better for China. Only six percent (6%) say the United States benefits more from its trade situation with China, while 30% say both nations benefit about the same. Another 12% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 3-4, 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.