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Questions - State Bankruptcies - January 21-22, 2011

Majority of Voters Oppose Federal Bailouts for States
Most Voters Oppose Letting States Declare Bankruptcy
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National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted January 21-22, 2011

By Rasmussen Reports


1* How closely have you followed news reports about a new law that might allow states with financial problems to declare bankruptcy?


2* Cities are currently allowed to file for bankruptcy, but states are not. If a state is unable to pay its financial obligations, should it be allowed to file for bankruptcy?


3* If a state filed for bankruptcy, government employees might have their pension benefits reduced. Knowing this, would you favor or oppose allowing states to file for bankruptcy?


4* Suppose you had a choice between paying significantly higher taxes or having your state file for bankruptcy. Which would you prefer?


5* Should the federal government provide bailout funding for states with serious financial problems?


NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence