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October 9, 2020

Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Holds Steady in October

Economic confidence dropped slightly to 117.0 in this month’s Rasmussen Reports Economic Index, down a point from September but just shy of the highest finding since March when states started locking down due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

September 11, 2020

Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Rebounds to Highest Level Since March

Economic confidence jumped to 118.3 in this month’s Rasmussen Reports Economic Index, up eight points from August and the highest finding since March when states started locking down due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

August 14, 2020

Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Stalls in August

Economic confidence slowed this month, dropping four points from July to 110.8 in this month’s Rasmussen Reports Economic Index.

July 27, 2020

Most Approve of New COVID Stimulus But Worry It’s Packed With Political Pork

Most voters agree with Congress’ attempt to fashion another coronavirus stimulus package. But they worry that the plan will be loaded with unnecessary goodies because Congress is motivated primarily by political gain rather than what people really need.

July 15, 2020

Most Filed Their Taxes By April 15 Anyway

Some habits die hard, and paying income taxes is apparently one of them. Most Americans filed their taxes by April 15 despite the government’s decision to extend the deadline to today because of the coronavirus pandemic.

July 10, 2020

Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Continues to Emerge from Its COVID Slump

With more of the country moving through their COVID-19 reopening phases, confidence in the economy continues its upswing, with the Rasmussen Reports Economic Index rising another five points from June to 114.9.

June 17, 2020

Homeowners Still Feel Bullish About Housing Market

The economy has been hard hit by the coronavirus crisis, but confidence in the housing market remains high.

June 12, 2020

Economic, Consumer Confidence Rebound to 2016 Election Levels

As more of the country exits the lockdown and the stock market climbs to pre-pandemic levels, economic confidence is on the rebound, jumping 16 points from last month to 109.8 in June. This finding is comparable to the level of confidence Americans held just prior to President Trump’s 2016 election.

June 5, 2020

51% Say An Immediate Family Member Has Returned to Work

The vast majority of Americans say their home states have begun to loosen their coronavirus lockdowns, with just over half reporting that someone in their immediate family has been able to return to work.

May 22, 2020

Most Agree With Trump’s Temporary Cutback in Regulating Small Business

Voters come down strongly on the side of small businesses, with most in favor of President Trump’s plan to loosen government regulation on them while they recover from the coronavirus lockdown.

May 15, 2020

Consumer Spending Update: Americans Question Economy But Still Have Faith in Their Own Wallets

As parts of the country slowly emerge from coronavirus lockdown, economic confidence has slowed from April’s rapid descent, dropping just one point to 93.7 in May. But this is the lowest finding in six years of surveying and six points below the April 2014 baseline.

May 13, 2020

Most Democrats Favor $2,000 Monthly Government Checks To Boost Coronavirus Economy

Voters agree government money isn’t enough to counter the coronavirus economic crash, but most Democrats think $2,000 monthly payments to Americans who earn less than $120,000 a year are necessary even as the lockdown begins to break down.

April 21, 2020

40% Say Immediate Family Member Out of Work Thanks to Coronavirus

Financial anxiety over the coronavirus has eased slightly, even as more Americans report a close family member out of work.

April 10, 2020

Consumer Spending Update: Economic, Spending Confidence Plunges – But It Depends on Who You Ask

As the coronavirus closes many businesses and takes the stock market on a thrill ride, confidence in the U.S. economy plunged, dropping a staggering 45 points from last month to 94.6 in the Rasmussen Reports Economic Index. This is the lowest finding in six years of surveying and four points below the April 2014 baseline.

April 7, 2020

Americans Doubt Government $$$ Can Counter Virus’ Economic Impact

Americans say government money is not the ultimate answer to the financial hardships brought on by the coronavirus. Most worry the government will run out of cash if the aid packages continue.

March 27, 2020

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.

March 25, 2020

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.

March 13, 2020

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.

March 4, 2020

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.

February 20, 2020

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.