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March 22, 2019

Americans Step Up Their Taxpaying

Americans have stepped up the pace of filing their income taxes and aren’t particularly worried about an IRS audit.

March 21, 2019

Most Say They’re Taxed More Than Their Fair Share

More Americans than ever think they are overtaxed despite last year’s tax cuts and tax reform.

March 15, 2019

Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Springs Forward

The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index climbed to 142.4 in March, up seven points from last month  and ranking with 2018’s highs.

March 1, 2019

41% Have Already Filed Their Income Taxes

Despite the lure of bigger deductions from changes in federal tax law, Americans haven’t stepped up the pace of filing their tax returns.

February 19, 2019

Democrats Say Best People Belong in Government Roles

The Green New Deal would undoubtedly lead to an expansion of the federal government. Democrats think the best thing for the United States is if the country’s best employees find government work, but Republicans aren’t so convinced.

February 15, 2019

Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Rebounds to 2018 Highs

With the five-week government shutdown behind us, the Dow Jones Industrial Average working its way back up to October’s all-time high and the unemployment rate still near record lows, consumers are smiling once again.

January 17, 2019

Americans Still Like Teachers' Unions, But Half Say They Look Out For Their Own

As teachers in Los Angeles, home to the nation’s second-largest school district, continue to strike, support for teachers’ unions remains up. However, a majority think teachers' unions put membership protection over the quality of education.

January 17, 2019

Support for Unions Hold Steady Despite Public Employee Strikes

The current teachers’ strike in Los Angeles and those in other states last year have not cooled Americans’ support for labor unions.

January 11, 2019

Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Takes a Hit in the New Year

Following a rocky few months on Wall Street and the partial government shutdown at the end of December, consumer confidence struggles to keep up the enthusiasm felt throughout 2018.

December 14, 2018

Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Closes Out 2018 Among Four-Year Highs

Although 2018 didn’t end with the same fervor of economic confidence that we saw at the beginning of the year, the final numbers are certainly nothing to sneeze at.

December 6, 2018

Americans Worry Less About Growing Economic Reliance on the Internet

Online shopping is on the rise this holiday season, meaning more online credit card use than ever. But despite frequently reported hacking efforts, Americans are less concerned that their reliance on the internet puts the overall economy at risk.

December 5, 2018

Concerns Over Credit Card Spending Habits Rise

With holiday shopping in full swing once again, Americans continue to worry that people are spending beyond their means.

December 3, 2018

Opposition to GM Bailouts Rises With News of Layoffs

General Motors announced last week that it plans to cut more than 14,000 employees in North America. This news makes Americans regret the federal government’s bailout GM received during the Great Recession.

November 28, 2018

Americans Are Bullish On Their Local Housing Market

Americans have record confidence in the value of their homes and are more convinced than they have been in years that it’s a good market for home sellers.

November 27, 2018

Homeowner Optimism Still Among Record Highs

As the year is coming to an end, homeowners are more optimistic than ever that their home is worth more than they owe on it, and they expect that value to keep rising through 2019.

November 16, 2018

Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Unshaken by Market Jitters

The recent ups and downs of the stock market have done little to sway Americans’ confidence in the economy, but they're a little less upbeat about the direction of their own personal finances.

November 14, 2018

Most Americans Know Their Credit Score

FICO, the developer of the most widely used credit score, is rolling out a new credit scoring system next year that takes checking and savings accounts into consideration in addition to credit and loan accounts. This could most help those with low or no credit scores who have problems securing credit, though few Americans say they’ve been in that position recently.

November 8, 2018

39% Expect Bigger Income A Year From Now

Consumer confidence is on the rise, but Americans don’t think their income is following the same trajectory.

November 8, 2018

Americans Are Still Optimistic About Jobs, Economic Opportunity

With unemployment at record lows, Americans remain highly confident about the job market, and most still think just about anyone can get ahead in today's world.

October 30, 2018

Americans Concerned U.S. Economy Headed For Another Recession

Despite a rocky week on Wall Street, Americans remain more optimistic than they’ve been in past years about the direction of the stock market, but a majority are concerned that the U.S. economy is headed for another recession.