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What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 12:00

In surveys last week, this is what America told Rasmussen Reports...

What Happens Next in Afghanistan? The Neo-Taliban By Ted Rall

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 12:00

I shouted the text of my latest story about the invasion from a Palm Pilot into a balky Iridium satellite phone. It was at least my third attempt, and the battery was dying. A Village Voice employee assigned to take dictation on the other side of the world interrupted me.

"I don't understand," she said, irritated. "Why don't you just go to Kinko's and email it to us?"

Harris Tops Democrats’ List of VP Hopefuls

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 14:30

After last week’s flap over Joe Biden’s black voter comment, Kamala Harris has edged ahead among her fellow Democrats on a list of the party’s top potential vice presidential candidates.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 60% of Likely Democratic Voters still feel it is important for Biden’s running mate to be a woman or a person of color, with 30% who say it’s Very Important. This compares to 61% and 35% respectively six weeks ago. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted May 26-27, 2020 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.

Plague in a Time of Partisanship By Michael Barone

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 13:30

America faces a contagious infection: partisanship. Consider the responses to a poll question about treating the COVID-19 virus with the long-approved and widely used drug hydroxychloroquine.

A Morning Consult poll shows 52% of Republicans supporting the drug and 16% against. At the same time and in the same country, 56% of Democrats opposed it, and 13% were in favor.

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 13:30

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll sponsored by Jack Posobiec of OANN for Friday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 33% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 43% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10. (see trends).

Regular updates are posted Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily email update). 

Now that Gallup has quit the field, Rasmussen Reports is the only nationally recognized public opinion firm that still tracks President Trump's job approval ratings on a daily basis. If your organization is interested in a weekly or longer sponsorship of Rasmussen Reports' Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, please send e-mail to beth@rasmussenreports.com.

A Fatal Failing of Establishment Elites By Patrick J. Buchanan

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 12:30

In his half-century in national politics, Joe Biden has committed more than his fair share of gaffes. Wednesday, he confused Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, 1941, with D-Day, June 6, 1944.

The more serious recent gaffe, a beaut, came at the close of a recent contentious interview with black activist Charlamagne tha God.

COVID-19 Fear Remains, Especially Among Older Americans

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 16:00

Even as the coronavirus lockdown eases in many parts of the country, Americans are less concerned about the threat of the disease but still aren’t overly confident in the ability of the public health system to protect them.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey shows that 78% of American Adults are still concerned personally about the coronavirus threat, including 46% who are Very Concerned. This compares to 84% and 49% respectively in late March. Fifty-six percent (56%) were concerned, with 18% Very Concerned, when the virus first reached these shores in late January.

Just 20% are not very or Not At All Concerned personally about the COVID-19 threat these days. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted May 18-19, 2020 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.

27% of Blacks Say Black Voter Who Chooses Trump Over Biden Is Not Really Black

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 14:30

One-in-four black voters agree with Joe Biden that a black voter who chooses Donald Trump over Biden is not really black.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 13% of all Likely U.S. Voters agree that a black voter who opts for Trump, a Republican, instead of Democrat Biden is not really black. Seventy-three percent (73%) disagree, while 14% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted May 26-27, 2020 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.

Republican Presidential Primary Turnout: Trump vs Bush By J. Miles Coleman

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 10:58

Early in the primary season, Republican pollster John Couvillon noted that President Trump’s "unshakable" rapport with the Republican Party’s base may be leading GOP partisans to do something unusual historically: turn out in uncontested primaries.

Most Remain Suspicious of Politicians Who Play the ‘Race Card’

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 14:30

Joe Biden triggered a backlash last week when he said blacks who choose President Trump over him aren’t really black, but most voters continue to believe politicians only play the so-called ‘race card’ to win, not to fix minority problems. Still, they see Democrats like Biden as a bigger help than Republicans.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 19% of Likely U.S. Voters think most politicians raise racial issues to address real problems. Sixty-nine percent (69%) say they raise racial issues just to be elected, although that’s down from a high of 78% when we first asked this question six years ago. Thirteen percent (13%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted May 24-25, 2020 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.

Cashing In on Contact Tracing By Michelle Malkin

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 13:30

Look out. An "army of contact tracers" is about to be unleashed on America. Corporations, political lobbyists and government bureaucracies all win. Privacy, freedom and family autonomy all lose. Big time.

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 13:30

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll sponsored by Jack Posobiec of OANN for Wednesday shows that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-seven percent (57%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 30% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 47% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17. (see trends).

Regular updates are posted Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily email update). 

Now that Gallup has quit the field, Rasmussen Reports is the only nationally recognized public opinion firm that still tracks President Trump's job approval ratings on a daily basis. If your organization is interested in a weekly or longer sponsorship of Rasmussen Reports' Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, please send e-mail to beth@rasmussenreports.com.

Cashing In on Contact Tracing By Michelle Malkin

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 13:30

Look out. An "army of contact tracers" is about to be unleashed on America. Corporations, political lobbyists and government bureaucracies all win. Privacy, freedom and family autonomy all lose. Big time.

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 13:30

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll sponsored by Jack Posobiec of OANN for Wednesday shows that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-seven percent (57%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 30% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 47% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17. (see trends).

Regular updates are posted Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily email update). 

Now that Gallup has quit the field, Rasmussen Reports is the only nationally recognized public opinion firm that still tracks President Trump's job approval ratings on a daily basis. If your organization is interested in a weekly or longer sponsorship of Rasmussen Reports' Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, please send e-mail to beth@rasmussenreports.com.

A Different Presidential Candidate By John Stossel

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 12:30

We have a choice!

Next presidential election, we don't have to decide between two big-spending candidates, neither of whom has expressed much interest in limited government.

A Different Presidential Candidate By John Stossel

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 12:30

We have a choice!

Next presidential election, we don't have to decide between two big-spending candidates, neither of whom has expressed much interest in limited government.

Jinping Takes Up the US Challenge By Patrick J. Buchanan

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 11:30

Is the U.S. up for a second Cold War -- this time with China?

What makes the question newly relevant is that Xi Jinping's China suddenly appears eager for a showdown with the United States for long-term supremacy in the Asia-Pacific and the world.

Jinping Takes Up the US Challenge By Patrick J. Buchanan

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 11:30

Is the U.S. up for a second Cold War -- this time with China?

What makes the question newly relevant is that Xi Jinping's China suddenly appears eager for a showdown with the United States for long-term supremacy in the Asia-Pacific and the world.

Rasmussen Reports Weekly Immigration Index

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 16:00

The Rasmussen Reports Immigration Index for the week of May 17-21, 2020 stands at 98.5, down from 99 the week before.

The Immigration Index will be updated every Tuesday at noon Eastern.

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Rasmussen Reports Weekly Immigration Index

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 16:00

The Rasmussen Reports Immigration Index for the week of May 17-21, 2020 stands at 98.5, down from 99 the week before.

The Immigration Index will be updated every Tuesday at noon Eastern.

(Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

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