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Questions - State Budget Crisis - October 19-20, 2010

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National Survey of 1,000 Adults
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.