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

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 13:00

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

In A Growing 2020 Field, Dems See Sanders Among Most Viable Contenders So Far

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 15:30

Bernie Sanders kicked off his 2020 presidential run raising more funding on the day of his announcement than any Democratic candidate so far. And it seems to be paying off.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 56% of Likely Democratic Voters think it’s at least Somewhat Likely that Sanders, who unsuccessfully ran for president in 2016, will end up being the Democratic presidential nominee in 2020. Forty percent (40%) think it’s unlikely he’ll get the nod. These figures include 20% who think it’s Very Likely and 12% who say it’s Not at all Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 19-20, 2019 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.

On to Caracas and Tehran! By Patrick J. Buchanan

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 14:30

In the Venezuelan crisis, said President Donald Trump in Florida, "All options are on the table." And if Venezuela's generals persist in their refusal to break with Nicolas Maduro, they could "lose everything."

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 14:30

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 36% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -6. (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 .

Despite Short-Term Ruckus, Long-Term Progress on Border By Michael Barone

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 13:30

Compromise reached. Donald Trump is going to build -- his administration is said to be building already, with appropriated funds -- the wall, er, barrier. Congressional Democrats have reportedly inserted provisions that make it easier for purported asylum seekers arriving with children to disappear and augment the illegal population.

Half See Economic Growth As More Important Than Fairness

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 17:00

Voters continue to prioritize growing the economy over ensuring it’s fair, but most already consider it fair.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters think, generally speaking, economic growth is more important than economic fairness. Forty-three percent (43%) think fairness is more important. These findings have remained fairly consistent in surveys since January 2013. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 7 and 10, 2019 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.

Current, Former Smokers Oppose Cigarette Ban

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 15:30

Hawaii is considering a proposal that would make it the first state to completely ban the sale of cigarettes, but Americans aren’t quick to embrace such a law where they live.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 41% of American Adults favor a similar cigarette ban to the one Hawaii is considering in their state, but just as many (41%) oppose it. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

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The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 5-6, 2019 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.

Americans More Concerned About Measles, Blame Anti-Vaxxers

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 15:30

Most Americans are concerned about the threat of the measles as an outbreak sweeps through the United States. They also think unvaccinated children are contributing to the spread of the virus.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 60% of American Adults are at least Somewhat Concerned about the threat of the measles virus, including 23% who are Very Concerned. Thirty-seven percent (37%) are not concerned about measles, with 13% who are Not at all Concerned. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 7 and 10, 2019 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.

Malkin's Handy History of Fake Noose By Michelle Malkin

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 14:30

Is it any wonder that American news consumers are at the end of their ropes of patience with the "mainstream media"?

Bogus Gun Research By John Stossel

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 13:30

Last week Rep. Nancy Pelosi warned President Donald Trump that if he declared an "emergency" to build a wall, "think what a president with different values can present... Why don't you declare (the epidemic of gun violence in America) an emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would... A Democratic president can declare emergencies as well."

Democrats Say Best People Belong in Government Roles

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 17:00

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.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is better for America if the best people take government jobs, while 31% think the best people should work in the private sector. A sizable 26% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 13-14, 2019 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.

Most See Crime in Justice, FBI ‘Coup’ Against Trump, Want Special Prosecutor

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 15:30

Most voters say top Justice Department and FBI officials are likely to have acted criminally when they secretly discussed removing President Trump from office and think a special prosecutor is needed to investigate.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of Likely U.S. Voters believe senior federal law enforcement officials are likely to have broken the law in their discussions in May 2017 to oust Trump, with 37% who say it is Very Likely. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 36% consider that unlikely, with 19% who say it’s Not At All Likely that they broke the law. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 17-18, 2019 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.

All the Pro-Trade Democrats Go Missing By Stephen Moore

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 14:30

Does anyone know where all those free trade Democrats went?

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 14:30

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (50%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 35% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -6. (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 .

Why Autocrats Are Replacing Democrats By Patrick J. Buchanan

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 14:17

"If you look at Trump in America and Bolsonaro in Brazil, you see that people want politicians that do what they promise," said Spanish businessman Juan Carlos Perez Carreno.

The Spaniard was explaining to The New York Times what lay behind the rise of Vox, which the Times calls "Spain's first far-right party since the end of the Franco dictatorship in 1975."

40% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 18:00

Forty percent (40%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey for the week ending February 14.

This week’s finding remains the same for the second week in a row.  Prior to this, that number had been on the decline week-over-week from 43% in early December.  It ran in the mid- to upper 20s for much of 2016, President Obama's last full year in office.

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The national telephone survey of 2,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from February 3-7, 2019. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

22% Think The U.S. Is Too Supportive of Israel

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 15:30

Voters have long considered Israel an ally of the United States, but one-in-five now think we go too easy on them.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 22% of Likely U.S. Voters think, generally speaking, the United States is too supportive of Israel. Almost as many (19%), though, think the United States is not supportive enough. A plurality of voters (45%) think America’s support for Israel is about right. Another 14% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 3-4, 2019 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.

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

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 13:00

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

Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Rebounds to 2018 Highs

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:00

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.

The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index climbed to 135.9 in February, up six points from last month and in line with findings from the end of 2018 prior to the shutdown.

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The survey of 1,500 American Adults was conducted on February 3-4, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Why Are Leading Democratic Presidential Candidates Endorsing 'the Green Dream, or Whatever They Call It'? By Michael Barone

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:33

There's an old joke about an egotistical politician whose disgruntled speechwriter, just before quitting, prepares a draft that promises the moon, and specifics for how to pay for it, on the first two pages, and leaves the third page blank except for the words "You're on your own now."

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