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  1. 21% Are Willing to Privately Contribute to Build Border Wall

    Congress appears likely to refuse funding again for President Trump's border wall, but one-in-five voters are willing to dig into their own pockets to privately fund the barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 21% of Likely U.S. Voters say they would contribute money to a private fund set up to build the wall if Congress refuses to fund it. A sizable majority (69%) would not privately contribute, but 10% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on December 12-13, 2018 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.

  2. 41% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

    Forty-one percent (41%) 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 December 13.

    This week’s finding is down two points from last week. This finding has been running in the 40s for most weeks this year after being 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 December 9-13, 2018. 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.

  3. Americans Blame Politicians, News Media for 'Toxic' Culture

    The Oxford English Dictionary named “toxic” as the word of the year for 2018 because of its increased usage in the context of the environment, politics and in connection with the #MeToo movement. Americans are torn on whether the word should have received the honor, but agree that politicians and the media have contributed to a toxic culture.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 43% of American Adults agree with the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary that “toxic” is the word of the year. Thirty-seven percent (37%) disagree, while a sizable 20% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 12-13, 2018 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.

  4. Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty  percent (51%) disapprove.

    The latest figures include 33% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9. (See trends).

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  5. Religion An Important Part of Most Americans’ Lives

    With the holiday season upon us, most Americans still consider their faith an important part of their life, even if they don’t attend services regularly.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 71% of American Adults say their religious faith is at least somewhat important in their daily life, including 47% who say it’s Very Important. Just 27% say their faith does not play an important role in their life, with 15% who say it is Not At All Important. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 10-11, 2018 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.

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

    The 115th Congress is winding to a close with Democrats positioning themselves for hyper-partisan challenges to President Trump’s agenda in their new role as the majority party in the House next year. But the final showdown next week will be over approval of a budget with or without a wall.

  7. Support for Border Wall on the Rise Again, But Not At Govt Expense

    President Trump warned that a partial government shutdown is looming just in time for Christmas following a heated meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer earlier this week in which the two parties failed to come to an agreement over spending for a border wall. Voters are getting more enthusiastic about building the wall, but they’re still not willing to risk a shutdown over it.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters now say the United States should build a wall along the Mexican border to help stop illegal immigration, up from 43% in September and 37% in July of last year. Just as many (48%) still oppose the wall, but that’s been on the decline from 56% in July 2017. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on December 12-13, 2018 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.

  8. What Lies Behind the Malaise of the West? By Patrick J. Buchanan

    Is it coincidence or contagion, this malady that seems to have suddenly induced paralysis in the leading nations of the West?   

  9. Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Closes Out 2018 Among Four-Year Highs

    Although 2018 didn’t end with the same fervor of economic confidence that we saw at the beginning of the year, the final numbers are certainly nothing to sneeze at.

    The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index for December dropped one point to 138.0, in line with most of 2018.

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    The survey of 1,500 American Adults was conducted on December 2-3, 2018 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.

  10. Parties Need to Up Their Game By Michael Barone

    Two weeks ago in this column, I asked what is to blame for the weakness of the heads of government here and in Western Europe, institutional failure, voter fecklessness, leaders' personal weaknesses or some combination of all three?

    This week, let's look at one of those institutions: political parties. How have they contributed to current woes? How can they perform better?