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GENERAL POLITICS

  • 25% Favor Pardon for NSA Leaker Snowden

    Edward J. Snowden, the man who exposed the federal government’s surveillance of millions of innocent Americans in the name of national security, is the subject of a major new film and a growing effort to have him pardoned for revealing some of the nation’s top secrets. Voters still aren’t convinced Snowden is a traitor, but they’re not ready to pardon him yet either.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 15% of Likely U.S. Voters consider Snowden a hero for leaking information about the National Security Agency’s phone and e-mail surveillance programs. Thirty percent (30%) say he is a traitor who endangered lives and national security. Forty-eight percent (48%) believe Snowden is somewhere in between a heroic whistleblower and a traitor. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 20-21, 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 Government-Paid Maternity Leave, But For How Long?

    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have both proposed taxpayer-paid maternity leave for women whose employers don’t pay them for their time off, and most voters like the idea. The bigger question is how long it should last.

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

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  • Fewer Voters Say Emotions Impact Their Voting Decisions

    With less than two months remaining until the 2016 elections, it sounds like most voters won’t be listening to their heart when casting their ballot. (To see survey question wording, click here.)  

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 12-13, 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 Say There's No Freedom of Speech

    Two-out-of-three Americans view political correctness as a threat and say they don't have freedom of speech anymore. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 8 and 11, 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 Would Still Vote To Get Rid of Entire Congress

    Despite continued poor ratings for Congress’ performance, voters are slightly less in favor of voting to get rid of the entire Congress and aren’t quite convinced they’ll vote for someone other than an incumbent this November.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that, when given a choice, 60% would vote in the next election to get rid of the entire Congress. That’s down considerably from 78% in 2013 and 68% the previous year. Just 17% would vote to keep the entire Congress, but that’s up from previous surveys. A sizable 22% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 8 and 11, 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.

  • Confidence About America’s Safety From Terrorism Remains Low

    Americans continue to question the country’s safety from terrorism and are skeptical of the government’s ability to prevent domestic terror attacks in the future.

    A new Full Measure News/Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 27% of American Adults believe the United States is safer today than it was before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, down just one point from June, which was the lowest level measured in regular tracking since 2006.  Fifty-five percent (55%) do not think the country is safer today, while a sizable 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 3-5, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports and Full Measure News. 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.

  • Many Question Whether Americans Remember 9/11

    Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the Islamic terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 that killed 3,000 Americans and injured another 6,000. But a sizable number of Americans feel their fellow countrymen have forgotten the horrors of that day. Interestingly, more are saying Muslims in this country have been mistreated ever since, even as they fear a domestic terror attack more than ever.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 41% of American Adults believe that many Americans have forgotten the impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. That’s unchanged from 2014 and down slightly from the 47% who felt that way in 2012. Forty-four percent (44%) disagree that most Americans have forgotten the attacks by the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on September 3-5, 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.

  • How Does the World Feel About Obama and the U.S.?

    As with virtually every major issue we survey on these days, political party affiliation determines a voter’s views about America’s relationship with the rest of the world. Democrats think it’s great; Republicans and unaffiliated voters are a lot more skeptical. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

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  • Voters Trust Their Local Electoral System

    Despite the increasing alarm expressed by the Obama administration over dangers to the election system from foreign hackers, voters are confident that things will work out fine. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 29-30, 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 Believe In Their Vote

    Voters continue to feel that their vote counts.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 78% of Likely U.S. Voters think one person’s vote really matters. That’s down only slightly from a high of 83% five years ago.  Sixteen  percent (16%) disagree and say a person’s vote doesn’t matter. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 31-September 1, 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.