Pew Research CenterApril 27, 2011

Deficit: More Concern, Less Optimism

The public increasingly views the federal budget deficit as a major problem the country must address now, but is becoming less optimistic progress will be made on the issue.

Pew Research CenterApril 12, 2011

The Deficit Debate: Where the Public Stands

In a number of surveys over the past several months, the Pew Research Center has shown where the public stands on the budget deficit — the seriousness of the problem, views of competing policy proposals, and its confidence in the policymakers.

Pew Research CenterApril 11, 2011

Budget Negotiations in a Word

The public has an overwhelmingly negative reaction to the budget negotiations that narrowly avoided a government shutdown. A weekend survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Washington Post finds that “ridiculous” is the word used most frequently to describe the budget negotiations.

Pew Research CenterApril 4, 2011

Most Want Budget Compromise but Split on Who’s to Blame for a Shutdown

With a deadline approaching for a possible shutdown of the federal government, the public remains divided over whether congressional Republicans or the Obama administration would be more to blame if a shutdown occurs.

Pew Research CenterMarch 16, 2011

Republicans Are Losing Ground on the Deficit, But Obama’s Not Gaining

Far fewer Americans now say that Republicans in Congress have the better approach to the budget deficit than did so in November with the GOP losing ground among political independents as well as key elements of the its base, including Tea Party supporters. But the public is no more supportive of Barack Obama’s approach to the budget deficit than it was in November.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 11, 2011

Tea Party’s Hard Line on Spending Divides GOP

Across a wide range of issues — including entitlements, education, agriculture and energy — Tea Party Republicans take a much harder line on cutting federal spending than do non-Tea Party Republicans, who are far more in sync with Democrats.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 10, 2011

Rethinking Budget Cutting

Views about federal spending are beginning to change. Americans no longer call for more spending on many popular programs. Still, support for cutting spending remains limited, though in a few cases it has risen noticeably. The public remains reluctant either to cut spending — or to raise taxes – to balance state budgets.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 20, 2011

Economy, Jobs Top Public’s Policy Agenda

Americans overwhelmingly cite the economy and jobs as the most important issues facing the president and new Congress. On health care reform, roughly as many would like to see legislation expanded as have it repealed.

Pew Research CenterDecember 9, 2010

Deficit Solutions Meet With Public Skepticism

While an overwhelming number of Americans deem the deficit a major problem that must be dealt with now, few are willing to support specific proposals to address the issue. On dealing with the deficit, Obama has more credibility than Republican congressional leaders.

Pew Research CenterJuly 19, 2010

Government Economic Policies Seen as Boon for Banks and Big Business, Not Middle Class or Poor

Partisan groups disagree sharply about many aspects of the government’s anti-recession policies — with two notable exceptions: Large majorities of independents, Republicans and Democrats all say large banks and financial institutions got the most help while few in each group say the policies have done much for the poor.