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.

Pew Research Center Jan. 31, 2008

GOP Debate’s Economic Focus Mirrors Country’s Growing Concern

But candidates’ perceptions on economic growth and tax cuts diverge from overall public priorities.

Pew Research Center Nov. 8, 2007

Election ’07: Lessons Learned

Tuesday’s elections proved once again that all politics is local as voters in three states soundly rejected governors’ pet projects and others put big-ticket spending items on the state’s credit card while providing possible clues to the voters’ mood for ’08. Also a graphic look at the before and after in three states where the entire legislatures were up for grabs.

Pew Research Center Oct. 10, 2007

Thompson Stands with GOP Rank and File during First Debate

In his first appearance on a debate stage with his rivals for the Republican nomination, the former Tennessee senator stuck to very traditional — and very popular — positions among his party’s voters.

Pew Research Center Jul. 18, 2007

Florida is Test Bed for Medicaid Overhaul

Halfway through a two-year test run, Florida’s nationally acclaimed pilot program to introduce competition to its Medicaid program has met mixed success.

Pew Research Center Jun. 7, 2007

Governors Expect Tighter Budgets in 2008

Only three states ran into red ink this year, while more than half sailed through with higher-than-expected revenues. States overall are finishing a spending spree, but the best revenue picture in six years may be behind them.