National Survey of
Conducted October 19-20, 2010
By Rasmussen Reports
1* How closely have you followed recent news stories about state budget problems?
2* Is your state having a budget crisis?
3* Is the budget situation in your state better than it was a year ago or worse than it was year ago?
4* Should the federal government provide bailout funding for states with serious financial problems?
5* Which is more to blame for the budget crisis in many states – taxpayers’ unwillingness to pay more in taxes or politicians’ unwillingness to reduce government spending?
6* Generally speaking, when a state has budget problems, is it better to raise taxes or cut spending?
7* Many states raise fines and fees instead of raising taxes. Generally speaking, when a state has budget problems, is it better to raise fines and fees or cut spending?
8* Generally speaking, are politicians more willing to raise taxes or more willing to cut spending?
9*How likely is it that your state or local taxes will be raised in the next year because of budget problems?
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.