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  • 21% Will Wait To July 15 To File Taxes

    The Internal Revenue Service in response to the coronavirus outbreak has extended the deadline for filing 2019 income taxes to July 15, but a sizable majority of Americans plan to file by April 15 as usual. More than ever are worried about an IRS audit this year, though.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 21% of American Adults plan to wait until July 15 to file their income taxes. Thirty-six percent (36%) have filed already, while another 31% intend to do so by April 15. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted March 23-24, 2020 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.

  • More Than Ever Feel Overtaxed

    Most Americans continue to think the majority of taxpayers are honest when they file their taxes, even though more than ever believe they personally pay too much.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 59% of American Adults think that they pay more than their fair share in taxes, compared to most people who make more or less than they do. That’s up from a previous high of 57% a year ago and the highest level of unhappiness in regular surveying since 2008.

    Just 24% disagree and don’t believe they pay more than their fair share. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted March 9-10, 2020 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.

  • Consumer Spending Update: Americans Jittery – But Not Panicked – About the Economy

    With the coronavirus and falling oil prices battering the economy, economic confidence dropped four points this month with the Rasmussen Reports Economic Index hitting 140.0. This is the lowest finding since October after confidence had spiked to a five-year high in January.

    Enthusiasm about the economy started to grow immediately following Donald Trump's election as president in November 2016 and jumped to 147.8 in January 2020. In President Obama’s final years in office, this index reached a high of 121.5 in January 2015 and was at 108.1 his last month in the White House.

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.  

    The survey of 1,500 American Adults was conducted on March 1-2, 2020 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2.5 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 Are Filing Taxes At A Record Clip

    Americans are evidently more eager to file their income taxes than they have been in years, even though the number who expect a refund is little changed.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 46% of American Adults have already filed their income taxes. Nearly as many (43%) intend to file by the April 15 deadline, while just four percent (4%) are planning on getting an extension. Seven percent (7%) are undecided. To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted March 1-2, 2020 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 Give Trump The Edge Over Obama For Improved Economy

    Former President Obama took credit for the booming economy in a tweet earlier this week, but voters still tend to think President Trump deserves more of the credit.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters agree the economy has gotten better since Trump was elected president in November 2016. Despite numerous economic indicators to the contrary, 24% say the economy has gotten worse, while 26% feel it has remained about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted February 18-19, 2020 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.

  • Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Backs Off January's Record High

    After spiking to a five-year high in January, economic confidence fell back four points this month with the Rasmussen Reports Economic Index hitting 143.9. But it still remains in record high territory.

    Enthusiasm about the economy started to grow immediately following Donald Trump's election as president in November 2016 and jumped to 145.9 in February 2018. In President Obama’s final years in office, this index reached a high of 121.5 in January 2015 and was at 108.1 his last month in the White House.

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.  

    The survey of 1,500 American Adults was conducted on February 3, 2020 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Consumer Spending Update: 2020 Kicks Off With Record-Breaking Confidence in the Economy

    The economy continues to wow this month with the Rasmussen Reports Economic Index hitting 147.8  in January, up 3.5 points from last month and smashing through the five-year high.

    Enthusiasm about the economy started to grow immediately following Donald Trump's election as president in November 2016 and spiked to 145.9 in February 2018. By comparison, in President Obama’s final years in office, this index reached a high of 121.5 in January 2015 and was at 108.1 his last month in the White House.

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.  

    The survey of 1,500 American Adults was conducted on January 2, 2020 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2.5 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 Trust Trump On Economy More Than Congress But Not Themselves

    Voters trust President Trump more than the average member of Congress or the average reporter when it comes to the economy, but most continue to trust themselves the most.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 33% of Likely U.S. Voters trust Trump’s judgment more than their own when it comes to economic issues affecting the nation. Fifty-seven percent (57%) trust themselves more. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted December 30. 2019 and January 2, 2020 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.

  • Consumer Spending Update: New High of 62% Give Economy Positive Reviews

    Americans are feeling better than ever about the economy. The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index hit 144.3 in December, up one point from last month and just shy of the five-year peak reached early last year.

    Enthusiasm about the economy started to grow immediately following Donald Trump's election as president in November 2016 and spiked to 145.9 in February 2018. By comparison, in President Obama’s final years in office, this index reached a high of 121.5 in January 2015 and was at 108.1 his last month in the White House.

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.  

    The survey of 1,500 American Adults was conducted on December 1-3, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Consumer Spending Update: Confidence in Personal Finances, Spending Jump to Record Highs

    As overall confidence in the economy continues to hover near record highs, Americans are now feeling it in their wallets as well with sentiments on their own personal finances and anticipated spending shattering previous highs.

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.  

    The survey of 1,500 American Adults was conducted on November 4, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.