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February 10, 2009

42% Have Avoided Peanut Butter Since Salmonella Outbreak

Forty-two percent (42%) of Americans say they have avoided eating peanut butter since the nationwide salmonella outbreak started making headlines in mid-January.

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February 5, 2009

69% Would Rather Cut Mail Delivery Than Pay More for Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service is facing a budget squeeze as customers flock to the Internet and has proposed cutting mail delivery back from six-days-a-week to five. Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Americans say five-day-a-week service is preferable to them than another increase in postal rates.

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February 3, 2009

62% on Social Networks Have Reconnected With Someone From Their Past

Most American adults under 30 (54%) belong to an Internet social networking site such as Facebook or MySpace.

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February 2, 2009

55% Correctly Predict Steelers as Super Bowl Winner

They called it right. After one of the most exciting endings in Super Bowl history, the Pittsburgh Steelers were the winners – as 55% of American adults who planned to watch the game predicted.

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January 31, 2009

Telephone Tops The Ways We Talk Together

Despite the Internet’s rise in popularity, a new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that a plurality of adults (44%) spend more time talking to others on the phone than through other types of communication. Less than a third (31%) mostly converse with others in person, while 17% say they communicate by text message or e-mail.

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January 29, 2009

Sports Man Therapy for Tough Times By Froma Harrop

I envy Sports Man. He can rise above his own problems by focusing on the triumphs or setbacks of The Team.

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January 28, 2009

Steelers Favored to Win Super Bowl, But More Want to See Cardinals Victory

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the heavy favorites to win Super Bowl XLIII, but slightly more Americans who plan to tune into the big game are hoping the Arizona Cardinals win instead.

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January 27, 2009

Smoking Ban Okay, But Don’t Touch My Cell Phone or My Soda

Most Americans think it’s all right for Big Brother to crack down on smokers, but he better keep his hands off their cell phones and their sodas.

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January 27, 2009

Most Super Bowl Watchers Plan to Check Out ‘The Boss’

Sixty-five percent (65%) of adults who say they intend to watch the Super Bowl also plan to watch the halftime show, featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bruce Springsteen.

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January 26, 2009

Most Plan on Watching Super Bowl XLIII at Home

Most Americans who plan to watch this year’s Super Bowl plan to do so at home. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of football fans found that 62% plan to watch the game at home, while 21% say they will be attending a Super Bowl party.

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January 22, 2009

Happy Landing in the Hudson Boosts Confidence in Flying

Americans are more confident about flying in the wake of the heroic crash landing of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River which resulted in no loss of life.

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January 19, 2009

86% Have Favorable Opinion of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Eighty-six percent (86%) of Americans have a favorable opinion of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., including 52% with a Very Favorable opinion of the civil rights leader.

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January 16, 2009

39% Say It’s Too Easy to Get an Abortion in the U.S.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of American adults say it is too easy to get an abortion in the United States, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

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January 14, 2009

80% Say Parents Should Teach Their Children about Sex

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced last week that there has been a major increase in the birth rate among teens in 26 states throughout the country, but 80% of adults still say children should be taught about sex by their parents rather than the schools.

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January 10, 2009

Giants, Steelers Favorites for Super Bowl

Twenty-two percent (22%) of NFL football fans expect the New York Giants to win the Super Bowl for the second straight year. However, 17% think the Pittsburgh Steelers will emerge victorious on Super Sunday. Fans of those two teams are also the cockiest—64% of each team’s fans expect their favorites will win it all.

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January 6, 2009

47% Say Children Will Not Be Better Off Than Their Parents

Forty-seven percent (47%) of American adults say today’s children will not be better off than their parents.

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January 2, 2009

Americans See A Better 2009 But No End to Recession

Americans have a bit more confidence in 2009 than in the year that just passed, but 50% of adults believe the country will still be in a recession this time next year.

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January 1, 2009

43% To Resolve This New Year’s Day, 42% Vow To Keep It

For many people, New Year’s resolutions are made to be broken, so this year it looks like most aren’t even bothering with the time-honored tradition. Fifty-two percent (52%) of adults say they will not make a New Year’s resolution.

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December 31, 2008

To Kiss Or Not To Kiss On New Year’s Eve

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of men plan to kiss someone at midnight on New Year’s Eve, and 55% of women say the same.

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December 30, 2008

Christmas Tops Holiday List, with New Year's Day Far Behind

As we ready ourselves to ring out the old and ring in the new, just 11% of adults say New Year's Day is one of the most important holidays of the year.