Pew Research Center Oct. 10, 2008

Escalating Financial Crisis Grips States

A week after President Bush signed a $700-billion bailout plan for Wall Street, the financial crisis has deepened in many state capitals with tight credit markets and new, pessimistic budget figures that pose the biggest threat to states’ fiscal health in 25 years.

U.S. Politics Oct. 6, 2008

Economic Bailout: Public Remains Closely Divided Overall, but Partisan Support Shifts

The relative stability in the overall numbers obscures considerable movement in public opinion about the package recently passed by Congress.

U.S. Politics Oct. 1, 2008

The Bad Rap on the Bailout Bill

Members who voted against the original House bill are said to be responding to strong opposition to the rescue plan from their constituents, but that’s not what most Americans are saying.

U.S. Politics Sep. 30, 2008

Small Plurality Backs Bailout Plan

There is little partisan difference in views of the overall plan. Republicans, however, are less concerned about protecting homeowners although they are not particularly worried about excessive government involvement in the nation’s financial markets.

U.S. Politics Sep. 23, 2008

Most Approve of Wall Street Bailout and See Obama as Better Able to Address Crisis

With public interest in the economy at a 20-year high, by a margin of almost two-to-one Americans think the government is doing the right thing in investing billions of dollars to try to keep financial institutions and markets secure.

U.S. Politics Jul. 31, 2008

Inflation Staggers Public but Economy Still Seen As Fixable

Beyond widespread anxiety about energy costs, a growing number of Americans say it is difficult for them to afford food. Yet most are confident that even in an era of global economic interdependence the federal government is capable of fixing the economy

Religion Jun. 12, 2008

What Limits Remain on Government Funding of Religion?

A recent case permits executive agencies to fund religious groups and activities without fear of constitutional litigation.

U.S. Politics Mar. 27, 2008

Dismal Views of the National Economy : It’s the Inflation, Stupid

Public satisfaction with the state of the nation is about as low as it has been in 20 years of Pew polling; but optimism about the future rises somewhat.

Pew Research Center Mar. 19, 2008

States Besieged by Budget Woes

Already, 22 states have a collective budget shortfall of at least $37 billion; if the current slowdown follows the path of previous recessions, 35 to 40 states could face budget cuts in 2009.

Pew Research Center Feb. 5, 2008

Bush Budget Gives States Little to Cheer About

President Bush’s $3 trillion fiscal 2009 budget comes at a time when many states face a budget shortfall; new restrictions on health insurance for children, Medicaid and other programs may add to their burdens.