Pew Research CenterDecember 14, 2010

How a Different America Responded to the Great Depression

The American public’s sour mood is in interesting contrast with many of the public’s views during the Great Depression of the 1930s, not only on economic, political and social issues, but also on the role of government in addressing them.

Pew Research CenterSeptember 17, 2010

Religious Beliefs and Political Issues

Religious beliefs continue to be influential in shaping some Americans’ views about social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. Far fewer cite religion as a top influence on issues such as immigration, the environment and poverty.

Pew Research CenterSeptember 14, 2010

Mixed Views of GOP Proposals on Entitlements

While a majority of Americans favors allowing changes to Social Security, there is very little support for replacing Medicare with a voucher system. Also, the public continues to see no clear leader atop the GOP.

Pew Research CenterAugust 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 CenterApril 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 CenterFebruary 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 CenterFebruary 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 CenterJuly 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 CenterMay 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.

Pew Research CenterMarch 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.