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Americans See Overpopulation as a Bigger Problem Than Underpopulation

The U.S. birth rate hit its lowest in 30 years in 2017, potentially leading to a generation unable to replace itself in population. But Americans are still more concerned about a population that grows too quickly than one slowing down.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 51% think a population that is growing too fast is a bigger problem for the United States than one that is growing too slowly. Just 22% think a slow-growing population is a bigger problem, but 27% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on June 3-4, 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.

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The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on June 3-4, 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.

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