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  • Voters Say Economy Unfair to Middle Class

    Voters are torn over the fairness of the U.S. economy in general, but they still think it’s particularly unfair to middle-class Americans.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 35% of Likely U.S. Voters think the U.S. economy is at least somewhat fair to the middle class. Most, however, (63%) think it’s unfair. This includes just five percent (5%) who say the economy is Very Fair to middle-class Americans and 21% who say it’s Not At All Fair. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 4-5, 2016 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.

  • Rasmussen Employment Index Matches Six-Year High

    For the most recent results on the Rasmussen Reports Employment Index and other economic data, please click here.

    The Rasmussen Employment Index which measures worker confidence rose a point in February to tie the highest level measured in six years.

    At 104.2, worker confidence is up from 103.3 in January and matches December’s all-time high. The index fell to a recent low of 81.2 in October 2013 but gained steadily after that. After the Wall Street meltdown in the fall of 2008, the index fell dramatically, hitting an all-time low of 57.8 in July 2009.

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    The survey of 8,853 working Americans was conducted in February 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • One-in-three Consumers Have Positive View of Economy

    Effective March 2, Rasmussen Reports daily economic polling is no longer published on our website. For those interested in continuing to receive this data please call 732.776.9777x205 or send e-mail to beth@rasmussenreports.com.

    The Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures consumer confidence on a daily basis, rose a point on Sunday to 107.1. Consumer confidence is even with a week ago, down five points from a month ago and up three points from three months ago.

    The Rasmussen Investor Index dropped two points on Sunday to 124.4. Investor confidence is down two points from a week ago, but up two points from a month ago and up four points from three months ago.

  • 49% Still Think Financial Bailouts Bad For U.S.

    Looking back, half of voters continue to disagree with the government bailouts of the financial industry.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 30% of Likely U.S. Voters feel the government bailouts of the financial sector were good for America.  Forty-nine percent (49%) say they were bad for the country instead. Twenty-one percent (21%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 19-20, 2014 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.

  • 52% Consider a Home a Family’s Best Investment

    Americans still to tend to view a home as a family’s best investment and remain cautiously optimistic about the current housing market where they live.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 34% of American Adults say now is a good time for someone in their area to sell a house, up slightly from a month ago but down from September's high of 39%. Thirty-nine percent (39%) now disagree and think it's not a good time to sell. But that's a seven-point improvement from 46% in March. Twenty-seven percent (27%) are undecided.

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 18-19, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • 24% Believe Gov't Should Assist Those Who Can’t Make Mortgage Payments

    Support for the government helping underwater homeowners remains at higher levels than it has been in been for most of the past four years. A new Rasmussen Reports national survey telephone survey finds that 24% of Americans believe that if someone cannot afford to make their increased mortgage payments, the government should assist them in making those payments. That's down just one point from 25% in February, the highest level of support for government assistance on mortgage payments since September 2012.  Sixty-one percent (61%), however, still believe if someone cannot afford to make their mortgage payments, that person should sell the home and find a less expensive one. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 653 Adult Homeowners and 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 18-19, 2014 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.

  • 38% Think Their Home Will Be Worth More A Year From Now

    Short- and long-term confidence in the housing market remain at levels seen since the beginning of last year.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 38% of American homeowners expect their home’s value to go up over the next year. That's up two points from March and the highest finding since October. Just 13% expect housing values to go down over the next year, while nearly half (46%) think they will remain the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 668 Adult Homeowners was conducted on April 18-19, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • 50% Expect Higher Interest Rates Next Year

    Most Americans say they are paying the same amount in interest as they were a year ago, but half expect to be paying more a year from now.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey funds that 28% of American Adults owe more money than they did a year ago, down from last month’s recent high of 31%. Thirty-three percent (33%) say they owe less than they did a year ago, while slightly more (35%) say they owe about the same amount. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 14-15, 2014 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.

  • 72% Expect to Pay More For Groceries A Year From Now

    Three-out-of-four Americans remain concerned about inflation, and the number who expects to pay more in the grocery store a year from now is higher than it’s been in months.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 75% of American Adults are at least somewhat concerned about inflation, with 38% who are Very Concerned. Twenty percent (20%) don't share that concern, but that includes just four percent (4%) who are Not At All Concerned. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 14-15, 2014 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.

  • 50% Still Confident in Stability of Banking System

    Half of American Adults are still confident in the stability of the U.S. banking system today.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 50% are at least somewhat confident in the stability of the nation's banks, but that includes just 10% who are Very Confident. Forty-four percent (44%) are not confident in the banking industry, with 12% who are Not at All Confident. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 14-15, 2014 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.