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60% Say This Summer Has Been Hotter Than Recent Summers

Much of the country suffered a heat wave last week, with weather advisories and warnings to avoid the heat. Most Americans noticed.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 60% of American Adults say this summer in their area has been hotter than recent summers. Just 11% say it hasn't been as hot this summer as in recent years. Twenty-eight percent (28%) say the heat has been about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Only 28% feel the news media has been paying too much attention to the recent heat wave. Six percent (6%) say there hasn't been enough media coverage of the hot weather, while 60% view the coverage as about right.

Eighty-three percent (83%) of adults have been following news of the heat wave at least somewhat closely, with 44% who are following Very Closely.

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The national telephone survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on July 23-24, 2011 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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