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GENERAL POLITICS

  • Voters Think Justice Department Motivated Mostly by Politics

    Most voters have an unfavorable opinion of the U.S. Department of Justice and think it is more interested in politics than in serving justice. Voters are also strongly opposed to more federal control over their local police.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of the Justice Department, while 53% view it unfavorably. This includes only nine percent (9%) with a Very Favorable view and 26% with a Very Unfavorable one. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on August 26-27, 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.

  • 66% Think Most Christians Treated Unfairly in Muslim World

    Religious tolerance is a one-way street when it comes to the Muslim world, most Americans say.

    Sixty-six percent (66%) of Likely U.S. Voters believe most Christians living in the Islamic world are treated unfairly because of their religious faith, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

    By comparison, just 20% think most Muslims are treated unfairly in the United States because of their religion, although that's up slightly from 17% in March 2011 when we first asked this question. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 24-25, 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.

  • 44% Blame U.S. Policies for Worsening Relations with Islamic World

    Voter perceptions of U.S.-Islamic relations continue to deteriorate since President Obama’s highly publicized speech in Cairo, Egypt five years ago reaching out to the Islamic world. Many blame recent U.S. policies for that.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only nine percent (9%) of Likely U.S. Voters think U.S. relations with the Islamic world are better now than they were five years ago. That’s down nine points from September 2012, just after a U.S. ambassador and others were killed by Islamic extremists in Benghazi, Libya. Forty-six percent (46%) say America’s relations with that part of the world are worse than they were five years ago, little changed from two years ago. Thirty-nine percent (39%) say America’s relationship with the Islamic world is about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

  • Voters Want Lots of Spending Cuts But Think They're Unlikely

    Most Americans continue to support spending cuts in every program of the federal government but think it’s less likely than ever that government spending actually will be reduced anytime soon.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters think thoughtful spending cuts should be considered in every federal program, generally in line with previous surveys. Twenty-seven percent (27%) disagree, but 16% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 20-21, 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.

  • Voters Question International Trial for Israel

    Americans favor the use of international courts for crimes against humanity but have more confidence in a verdict reached by courts in this country. The Palestinians hope to have Israel tried for such crimes at the International Criminal Court, but Americans tend to think that's a bad idea.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% of Likely Voters favor the use of international courts for crimes such as genocide and war atrocities. Just 14% oppose the use of such courts. One-in-four (23%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 20-21, 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.

  • Voters Pass On Chance to Tell Congress What They Think

    Voters complain that their congressional representatives don't listen to them, but very few are likely to attend a local meeting held by any of those representatives during the current August recess. 

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 14% of Likely U.S. Voters have attended or are likely to attend a town hall meeting held by one of their local representatives while Congress is in recess. That’s down slightly from 18% this time last year. (To see question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 18-19, 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.

  • Despite Justice Department Challenges, Most Still Favor Voter ID Laws

    A federal judge in North Carolina recently struck down the latest challenge by the U.S. Justice Department to a state law that requires voters to bring photo identification to the polls. Voters continue to strongly support voter ID laws and don't consider them discriminatory.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 74% of Likely U.S. Voters believe all voters should be required to prove their identity before being allowed to vote. Nineteen percent (19%) disagree. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 14-15, 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.

  • New High: 43% Say U.S. Doesn’t Spend Enough on National Security

    As tensions remain high with Russia and much of the Middle East, more voters than ever believe the United States is not putting enough money into national security.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters think the United States does not spend enough on the military and national security. This finding is up from 36% in May and is the highest finding in three years of regular tracking. Twenty-three percent (23%) still believe the United States spends too much on defense, but that's down 17 points from the record high of 40% in January 2013. Thirty percent (30%) say the amount spent in this area is about right. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 12-13, 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.

  • Voters Think Obama, Congress Are Slackers

    Note to President Obama and Congress: Don’t call voters for a job reference. Voters are evenly divided when asked if the president works harder than they do, but they are overwhelmingly convinced that Congress doesn’t.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters think President Obama works harder than they do, but just as many (42%) disagree. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 12-13, 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.

  • When It Comes to Government, Voters Opt for Small

    Midway through his presidency in the 1990s, Bill Clinton declared that “the era of big government is over.” Half of Americans wish that were true.

    Just 17% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the era of big government is over, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Fifty-five percent (55%) disagree and say it's still with us. Twenty-eight percent (28%) are undecided.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 6-7, 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.