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GENERAL POLITICS

  • Politics, Race Influence Views of Michelle Obama

    Most voters continue to have a generally favorable view of the first lady of the United States, but there remain wide political and racial differences of opinion.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 55% of Likely U.S. Voters have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of Michelle Obama, including 36% with a Very Favorable opinion. Thirty-eight percent (38%) view the president’s wife unfavorably, including 22% with a Very Unfavorable view. This is down slightly from January 2014 but is still generally in line with surveys for the past several years. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 25-26, 2016 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 Want More Military Spending, But Are They Willing to Pay For It?

    Voters tend to believe President Obama has weakened the U.S. military, but that doesn't mean they're willing to pay more in taxes to turn the situation around.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 34% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the U.S. military is in about the same condition it was when Obama became president. Fifteen percent (15%) think it has become stronger, but a plurality (49%) says the military has become weaker during Obama's presidency. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 25-26, 2016 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 Question Fairness of International Courts

    While a majority of voters still supports the use of international courts for certain major crimes, they put far more trust in U.S. courts to reach impartial verdicts. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 21 and 24, 2016 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 Americans Suing Countries With Ties to Terrorism

    A bipartisan bill now before Congress would allow families victimized by the September 11, 2001 terror attacks to sue the Saudi Arabian government if it can be shown to have ties to the killers, but opponents including the Obama White House worry that the legislation will have negative foreign policy repercussions for the United States. Most Americans support the families right to sue. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 21 and 24, 2016 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 Want Government To Tell All About 9/11

    Americans doubt they’ve been told all the facts about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States and strongly believe the government should come clean. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 21 and 24, 2016 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.

  • Afghanistan Is A More Urgent Matter For Voters

    With increasing concern about the threat of terrorism here and abroad, voters are placing more importance on the war in Afghanistan, now in its 14th year, although less than half favor keeping U.S. troops there another year.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters now consider Afghanistan a vital national security interest for the United States. That’s up from 39% in late 2014 and is the highest finding in surveys since September 2012. Thirty-three percent (33%) don’t consider Afghanistan a vital national security interest, but nearly one-out-of-four voters (23%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 19-20, 2016 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 Lean Right on Fiscal Issues, Closely Divided on Social Policy

    Voters remain more conservative on money issues than on those that pertain to social matters, but attitudes really haven’t changed much in recent years. Democrats and Republicans continue to disagree.

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 17-18, 2016 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.

  • Is America Ready To Elect A Third-Party President?

    For all of the talk about Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders potentially running as third-party candidates in this year’s presidential election, most voters aren’t betting on a third-party candidate taking the White House anytime soon.

    Just 36% of Likely U.S. Voters believe it’s at least somewhat likely that a third-party candidate could win the presidency in the next 10 years, with 12% who think it’s Very Likely. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% consider this scenario unlikely, although that includes just 16% who say it’s Not At All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 13-14, 2016 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.

  • Clinton vs. Sanders: Whom Do Democrats Trust More?

    Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has been on a hot streak lately in the Democratic primary race, but Democratic voters still put more trust in his rival when it comes to key issues.

    When asked which candidate they trust more on the economy and job creation, 49% of Likely Democratic Voters say Hillary Clinton, while 37% name Sanders. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that six percent (6%) of Democrats trust neither candidate in this area, while eight percent (8%) 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 April 11-12, 2016 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 Still Oppose Religious Freedom Laws

    Mississippi and North Carolina are the latest states to adopt laws that allow a private business not to serve someone if it violates the business owner's religious beliefs, but critics contend that gay, lesbian and transgender customers will suffer. Most voters nationwide agree and still don’t want their state to adopt such laws.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 29% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a law in their state that would allow businesses to refuse service to customers for religious reasons. Sixty-four percent (64%) oppose a religious freedom law where they live. (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 April 7 and 10, 2016. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.