U.S. Politics Aug. 19, 2009

Would Americans Welcome Medicare if it Were Being Proposed in 2009?

Much of the opposition to health care reform today is being fueled by anti-government sentiment that did not exist during the mid-1960’s.

Pew Research Center Apr. 14, 2008

States Push Food Stamps for the Needy

As the economy sputters, states are taking extraordinary measures to help people keep food on the table, and a federal program is their primary tool.

Pew Research Center Feb. 25, 2008

Govs Press For More Money on Real ID, Medicaid

Meeting in Washington, the states’ chief executives made clear their unhappiness with federal standards for driver’s licenses and costly new Medicaid rules.

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 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.

U.S. Politics May. 2, 2007

Surge in Support for Social Safety Net

Support for government programs to help disadvantaged Americans, as well as sympathy for the plight of the poor, have surged since 1994 and returned to levels last seen in 1990 prior to welfare reform, with gains occurring among virtually every major social, political and demographic group.

U.S. Politics Mar. 22, 2007

Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes: 1987-2007

Increased public support for the social safety net, signs of growing public concern about income inequality, and a diminished appetite for assertive national security policies have improved the political landscape for the Democrats as the 2008 presidential campaign gets underway.

Pew Research Center Feb. 15, 2007

How Many Kids Will Congress Cover?

The federally assisted State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) has substantially reduced the number of American children without health coverage; advocates in Congress and governors of both parties, see the program as the foundation for universal health coverage. But the Bush administration is calling for cutbacks.

U.S. Politics Mar. 22, 2006

Diminishing Divide on Cultural Issues?

Even as divisive policy debates continue, public acceptance of homosexual marriage, adoption and military has increased.