What America Thinks

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What America Thinks
GenreAmerican public opinion
Country of originUnited States
Running time30 minutes
Original releaseSeptember 3, 2012 (2012-09-03)[1] –

What America Thinks is a syndicated American television show. It was hosted by opinion pollster and political commentator Scott Rasmussen from 2012 to 2013, and is currently hosted by Alex Boyer.[2] WCBS-TV is the anchor station. The program, which is syndicated on over 120 stations, is produced by Telco Productions and Rasmussen Reports.[3][4]


The program features discussions of current events and public opinion with a guest panel.[5] Guests have included Scott Walker, Howard Dean, and Rand Paul.[6] An episode of the show, titled What New Hampshire Thinks, won a 2012 Granite Mike Award from the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.[7] In June 2013, 60 additional stations signed up to air the show beginning on July 21, 2013, bringing the total number of stations airing the show to over 120.[4]


The following is a list of the show's episodes:[8]

Date Description Guests
September 9, 2012 Economy, national security, healthcare Christopher Preble, William Kristol, Mitchell Brooks, Michael Murphy
September 14, 2012 Economic policy, Election 2012, auto bailouts Bernard Whitman, Kyle Harrington, Kristen Soltis, Emily Tisch Sussman, Rich Benjamin, John Bramnick
September 22, 2012 Wisconsin politics, public employee pensions Scott Walker, Scott Ross, Deb Jordahl, Kristen Soltis, Emily Tisch Sussman
September 29, 2012 2012 presidential debates, Sino-American relations Charles B. Rangel, Joe Kyrillos, Mary Kissel, Tara Dowdell, Brian O’Shaughnessy
October 6, 2012 Government bailouts, Election 2012 Neil Barofsky, William McGurn, Dan Gerstein
October 13, 2012 Election 2012, healthcare policy Cathy Areu, Dee Dee Benkie, Richard Firshein, Betsy McCaughey
October 20, 2012 Economic policy, presidential debates Rich Benjamin, Jeremy Goldberg, Steven Some, Robert Brusca
October 27, 2012 Foreign policy, election polling Michael Balboni, Terra Lawson-Remer, Brian Benjamin, Josh Nass
November 3, 2012 Swing states, Electoral College Dee Dee Benkie, John Hlinko
November 10, 2012 Election 2012 Bernard Whitman, Olivier Knox, Bethany Blankley
November 17, 2012 Economic policy, public opinion on current events Matt McCall, John Tabacco
November 24, 2012 Taxes, immigration, War on Drugs, Hurricane Sandy Paul Conway, Jeanette Pavini
December 1, 2012 Fiscal cliff, healthcare policy, sports Cathy Areu, Dee Dee Benkie, Jeremy Schaap
December 9, 2012 Fiscal cliff, immigration Larry Kudlow, Cathy Areu, Dee Dee Benkie
December 15, 2012 Presidential approval ratings, tax policy, War on Drugs Emily Tisch Sussman, Grover Norquist, Guy Benson
December 22, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, fiscal cliff, public opinion on the holiday season Frank Pavone, Aryeh Spero, Tom Cole
December 29, 2012 Fiscal cliff, foreign policy Frank Pavone, Aryeh Spero, Terra Lawson-Remer, Michael Cohen
January 5, 2013 Economic policy, gun policy Emily Tisch Sussman, Stephen Moore, Isabel Sawhill, Kate Obenshain
January 6, 2013 Year in review Olivier Knox, Dee Dee Benkie, Cathy Areu, Paul Conway, Jeremy Schaap
January 12, 2013 Chuck Hagel, 2012 Benghazi attack, Environmental Protection Agency, Tea Party movement Mike Barrett, Scottie Nell Hughes
January 19, 2013 Gun control, debt ceiling, Barack Obama's presidency Jon Cohen, Olivier Knox
January 26, 2013 Keystone Pipeline, abortion, tax policy Christian Dorsey, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Mark Meckler
February 2, 2013 Women in combat, immigration Jim DeMint, Edward Alden, Jack Martin
February 9, 2013 State of the Union address, healthcare reform Michael Tanner, Henry Aaron, Sean Trende
February 16, 2013 State of the Union address analysis Howard Dean, Bob Corker
February 23, 2013 Foreign policy, federal deficit, Wall Street bailouts Rand Paul, Marjorie Clifton, Alice Stewart
March 2, 2013 Sequestration, analysis of how the Republican Party has lost its way Michael Barone, Pedro da Costa, A.B. Stoddard, Caitlin Huey-Burns
March 8, 2013 Partisanship in Washington, America's Mandarin class Megan McArdle, Michael Barone, Pedro da Costa
March 16, 2013 The U.S. budget debate Christian Dorsey, David Winston, Tom Price
March 23, 2013 The U.S. budget debate, Obama's approval ratings Caren Bohan, Marsha Blackburn, Bob Cusack
March 30, 2013 Government involvement with banks, same-sex marriage Mark Calabria, Patrick Sims, Kristen Soltis, Emily Tisch Sussman
April 5, 2013 Gun control, poverty Peter Cove, Kristen Soltis, Emily Tisch Sussman
April 13, 2013 President Obama's budget plan, poverty Gretchen Hamel, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rex Nutting
April 19, 2013 Immigration, same-sex marriage Rep. Chellie Pingree, Ana Avendaño, Dan Stein
April 27, 2013 U.S. national security, post-bailout era Wall Street Stewart Verdery, Joseph Cirincione, Sheila Bair
May 4, 2013 Immigration, Keystone XL pipeline, surveillance in public places Rep. Bill Johnson, Rep. Gregory W. Meeks
May 11, 2013 Benghazi hearings, crisis in Syria Christopher Preble, Rep. Adam B. Schiff, Christopher Griffin
May 18, 2013 IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, immigration reform Rick C. Wade, Kevin McKechnie, Sean Trende
May 24, 2013 Public opinion on health care, controversies in Washington, Memorial Day, 2014 mid-term elections Jessie Jane Duff, Larry Sabato
June 1, 2013 Public reaction to Eric Holder, investigations in Washington and how the press is responding, marijuana legalization Mark Tapscott, Patrick J. Kennedy
June 8, 2013 Immigration reform, freedom of the press David Vitter, David Rehr, Jeffrey McCall


  1. ^ "What America Thinks With Scott Rasmussen". MSN. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  2. ^ "What America Thinks – School's in Session". Rasmussen Reports. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  3. ^ "What America Thinks - Now Airing on More Than 60 Stations Nationwide". Rasmussen Reports. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Berman, Marc (June 18, 2013). "Increased Clearances for "What America Thinks with Scott Rasmussen"". Media Insights. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  5. ^ Stead, Cynthia (January 3, 2013). "Faithfully moving into the new year". Cape Cod Times. Archived from the original on January 1, 2014. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  6. ^ Fowler, Jack. "Kudlow, Rasmussen: Why Weekends Exist!". National Review. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  7. ^ "2012 Granite Mikes Winners". NHAB. Archived from the original on April 28, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  8. ^ "What America Thinks Episodes". Rasmussen Reports. Retrieved February 15, 2013.

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