Posts tagged with "Pulse Opinion Research"

Former campers are eager to send their own kids

May 16, 2018

Campfires and color wars, bunkmates and bus buddies, songs and sports. Most Americans think it’s important to send kids to summer camp—but that feeling is even stronger among former campers, based on findings of a Rasmussen Reports national survey of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted by Pulse Opinion Research and released on May 9.

Fully 58% of U.S. adults believe that it’s at least somewhat important for kids to go to a summer camp—among them, 22% who think it is very important.

And the numbers show it: According to the American Camp Association, more than 14 million children attend summer camp in the United States—and they have their choice of over 14,000 day and overnight camps nationwide.

What’s more, statistics from an ACA Youth Outcomes Study show that, among recent campers:

  • 96% said the experience helped them to make new friends;
  • 93% got to know and appreciate kids who were “different” from them;
  • 92% said that camping made them feel better about themselves; and
  • 75% said they got to do things they had at first been afraid to attempt and they were proud of their achievements.

The experts seem to agree. Michael Brandwein, a consultant to the camp profession based in Lincolnshire, Illinois, notes, “What makes camp a special community is its focus on celebrating effort. In this less pressured atmosphere, children learn more readily what positive things to say and do when they make mistakes and face challenges.

Brandwein also said, “The traditions and customs of each different camp are like a secret code that allows those who know it to feel embraced by something unique and special …. Campers are urged to include, not exclude, others. They are praised for choosing new partners and not always the same ones. They are encouraged to respect the differences between people. In an increasingly sarcastic, put-down-oriented world, camps aim to be an oasis of personal safety where demeaning comments and disrespectful behavior are not tolerated, and children are taught responsible and positive ways to resolve conflicts.”

But not everyone is a camp booster. Of the parents contacted, 39% do not think summer camp is important for their kids, including 12% who say it is not at all important.

Research contact: @Rasmussen_Poll

Will Oprah hit the presidential trail?

January 11, 2018

President Donald Trump told reporters on January 9 that he not only knows movie star and TV tycoon Oprah Winfrey, but he likes her. Were she to be nominated for president on the Democratic ticket in 2020, the POTUS said, “Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah. Oprah will be lots of fun. I don’t think she’s going to run.”

However, following Oprah’s acceptance speech for the Cecille B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills on January 7, rumors were rife that she might just put her hat in the ring.

And none of those close to her disavowed the idea. Even best friend and CBS This Morning Co-host Gayle King said that Oprah was “very intrigued by the idea.” Longtime romantic partner Stedman Graham also commented that Oprah “would absolutely” run for president if she were the people’s choice.

Now, a poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports and released on January 10 finds that, if Oprah were to make a White House run against Trump, she would be the likely winner.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 48% of likely U.S. Voters would opt for Winfrey, while 38% would choose Trump. But a sizable 14% are undecided.

Winfrey has the support of 76% of Democrats, 22% of Republicans and 44% of voters not affiliated with either major political party. The president earns 66% of the vote from Republicans, 12% of Democrats and 38% of those who are unaffiliated.

Twelve percent (12%) of both Republicans and Democrats are undecided given this matchup. One-in-five unaffiliated voters (19%) aren’t sure which candidate they would support.

Fifty-five percent (55%) of all voters view Winfrey favorably, including 27% with a “very favorable” view of the media personality and entrepreneur. That’s little changed from 2011, Nielsen said—after Winfrey announced she was ending her TV talk show after 25 years on the air. Thirty-four percent (34%) admitted to an unfavorable view of her, with 18% who have a “very unfavorable” opinion of the star.

The survey of 1,000 U.S. voters was conducted by Pulse Opinion Research on behalf of Rasmussen..

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Should U.S. citizens have a third gender choice on official documents?

November 1, 2017

Canada announced late in August that it would become the first nation in the Americas to allow citizens to choose “X” instead of male or female as a third gender on their passports and other government documents; and now California is poised to be the first state to do the same when it comes to drivers’ licenses. However, according to poll results just released by Rasmussen Reports, Americans overall aren’t quite ready to go that far.

A national telephone and online survey conducted  on behalf of Rasmussen by Pulse Opinion Research researchers determined that fewer than one-third (32%) of U.S. adults favor allowing a third gender option on passports, drivers’ licenses and other official forms of identification. Fifty-one percent (51%) are opposed to this gender neutral option, while a sizable 17% are undecided.

The survey of 1,000 U.S. adults was conducted August 29-30. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

To date, eight countries — Australia, Bangladesh, Germany, India, Malta, Nepal, New Zealand, and Pakistan —have offered third options for gender identification on their government documents.

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