Asbury Park, NJ – Here's a look at today's independent public opinion surveys… for more polling news and information in the areas of politics, business and lifestyle, visit www.rasmussenreports.com
17% Say U.S. Public Schools Provide World-Class Education
Survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters
52% Adult Consumers Think U.S. In Recession
- 63% still believe that "a world-class education is the single most important factor in determining whether our kids can compete for the best jobs and whether America can outcompete countries around the world," but 21% disagree with this view expressed by President Obama in 2011 and 16% are undecided.
- The number of voters who share this view has changed little since August 2011 just after the president's remarks.
- Just 17% of voters think that public schools in the United States actually provide a world-class education, down from 20% in March and 26% two years ago, while 63% don't think that public schools provide this level of education and 20% are not sure.
- 81% say it's at least somewhat important for schools to teach the traditional values of Western civilization, including 48% who say it's Very Important, while 12% believe it's not very or Not At All Important to teach those values.
- 19% believe that most U.S. public schools do a good job teaching the traditional values of Western civilization, but 50% say schools are not doing a good job teaching those values and 31% are not sure.
Survey of 1,500 American Adults
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
- The Rasmussen Consumer Index has gone up two points on Thursday to 99.3, down three points from a week ago and a month ago, but up three points from three months ago.
- The Rasmussen Investor Index has dropped four points since yesterday to 108.4.
- Investor confidence is also down four points from a week ago and three points from a month ago, but up by one point from three months ago.
- 52% of adult consumers believe that the U.S. is currently in a recession, 29% disagree.
- Among investors, 50% say the U.S. is in a recession but 34% say that is false.
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25% Favor Federal Bailouts for Ailing Cities Like Detroit
- Obama: Strongly Approve: 25%... Strongly Disapprove: 36%... Index: -12… Total Approval: 50%...
Survey of 1,000 American Adults
55% See Marriage As Very Important To Society
- 74% think it is at least somewhat likely that more major cities will file for bankruptcy in the near future, including 44% who say it is Very Likely, but 19% consider other municipal bankruptcies unlikely in the short term, including only 1% who view it as Not At All Likely.
- Just 42% now believe if a city is unable to pay its financial obligations, it should be allowed to file for bankruptcy, but 29% oppose bankruptcy for these cities and 28% are not sure.
- Support falls to 35% when respondents are told that government employees may have their pension benefits reduced if a city files for bankruptcy, while 43% then oppose the bankruptcy filing and 22% are undecided.
- Not surprisingly since public employee unions generally are aligned with the Democratic Party politically, support among Democrats for municipal bankruptcies drops from 56% to 30% if government employee pensions are at risk.
- Republicans are slightly more supportive of allowing cities to seek bankruptcy if government pensions are on the cutting table, while those not affiliated with either major party are less supportive.
- Only 25% of all Americans think the federal government should provide bailout funding for cities with serious financial problems, while 57% oppose bailouts, and 18% are undecided.
- 22% are willing to pay significantly higher taxes to avoid having their city file for bankruptcy, while 47% would prefer having their city go bankrupt and 31% are not sure.
Survey of 1,818 American Adults
- 79% find the institution of marriage at least somewhat important to U.S. society, including 55% who see it as Very Important, while 18% don't believe marriage is important, including 5% who see it as Not At All Important.
- These findings show little change from surveys in January of last year and May 2011.
- Perhaps not surprisingly, married Americans are far more likely than unmarried adults are to see marriage as a very important institution to U.S. society.
- Only 19% of those who are currently in a domestic partnership or are living with their significant other see marriage as very important, while 42% of those who do not fall into that category agree.
- Among all adults, just 29% believe that in a family with children, it is good for both parents to work full-time, while 35% think it's bad for both parents to work and 36% more are not sure.
- There is little difference in opinion about whether or not both parents should work full-time among those who have children under 18 living at home with them and those who do not when it comes to whether or not both parents should work.
- Men are more likely than women are to say it's bad when both parents work full-time.
- Just 21% of adults say they don't have children who are 18 or under living at home with them.