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[code, don’t read] Arizona California Florida Illinois New York crime, gangs, drugs 1% 2% 1% 5% 3% economy 17 30 20 17 25 education, schools 4 5 5 10 4 environment, pollution – 1 7 1 – government regulations 2 1 – – 1 health care, health costs 2 1 2 3 3 housing crisis, housing costs – 1 3 – 3 immigration, illegal immigration 47 7 1 1 2 jobs, unemployment 12 29 32 26 24 oil spill – – 15 – – political corruption – 1 – 3 – race relations, racial/ethnic issues 2 – – – – state budget, deficit 3 8 1 17 7 taxes 1 3 2 7 14 other 7 8 8 7 10 don’t know 2 3 3 3 4 2. Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way that [governor’s name] is handling his/her job as Governor of [state name]? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York approve 51% 23% 53% 31% 26% disapprove 38 64 32 49 58 don’t know 11 13 15 20 16 Facing Facts: Public Attitudes and Fiscal Realities in Five Stressed States Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California2 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 3. Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way that [governor’s name] is handling the issue of the state budget and taxes? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York approve 43% 21% 49% 24% 26% disapprove 44 65 36 63 61 don’t know 13 14 15 13 13 4. Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way that the [state name] legislature is handling its job? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York approve 36% 15% 40% 20% 20% disapprove 54 72 44 68 65 don’t know 10 13 16 12 15 5. Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way that the [state name] legislature is handling the issue of the state budget and taxes? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York approve 33% 9% 33% 13% 12% disapprove 57 80 52 80 74 don’t know 10 11 15 7 14 6. Do you think things in [state name] are generally going in the right direction or the wrong direction? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York right direction 44% 15% 34% 21% 21% wrong direction 50 78 57 72 71 don’t know 6 7 9 7 8 7. Turning to economic conditions in [state name], do you think that during the next 12 months we will have good times financially or bad times? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York good times 29% 29% 28% 25% 31% bad times 63 62 64 69 59 don’t know 8 9 8 6 10 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California3 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 8. Would you say that [state name] is in an economic recession, or not? (if yes: Do you think it is in a serious, a moderate, or a mild recession?) Arizona California Florida Illinois New York yes, serious recession 47% 54% 45% 48% 37% yes, moderate recession 32 29 34 32 36 yes, mild recession 8 7 7 8 9 no 10 9 10 8 14 don’t know 3 1 4 4 4 9. Changing topics, how much of the time do you think you can trust the sta te government in [capital city name] to do what is right—just about always, most of the time, or only som e of the time? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York just about always 4% 3% 4% 2% 3% most of the time 29 15 27 17 16 only some of the time 60 70 59 71 67 none of the time (volunteered) 6 10 8 9 12 don’t know 1 2 2 1 2 10. Would you say the state government is pretty much run by a few big interests looking out for themselves, or that it is run for the benefit of all of the people? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York a few big interests 59% 76% 66% 81% 75% benefit of all of the people 33 18 27 13 17 don’t know 8 6 7 6 8 11. Do you think the people in state government waste a lot of the money we pay in taxes, waste some of it, or don’t waste very much of it? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York a lot 48% 65% 51% 64% 65% some 41 26 37 31 29 don’t waste very much 8 6 7 4 4 don’t know 3 3 5 1 2 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California4 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 12. On another topic, in general, how much would you say you know about how your state and local governments spend and raise money—a lot, some, very little, or nothing? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York a lot 21% 16% 18% 21% 18% some 52 55 49 53 47 very little 24 21 25 23 27 nothing 3 7 6 3 6 don’t know – 1 2 – 2 13. In general, do you think the state government could spend less and still provide the same level of services, or not? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York yes, could [ask q13a] 63% 67% 64% 67% 67% no, could not [skip to q14] 31 27 28 28 26 don’t know [skip to q14] 6 6 8 5 7 13a. How much could the state government cut its spending without reducing services—under 10 percent, 10 percent to under 20 percent, 20 percent to under 30 percent, 30 percent or more? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York under 10 percent 16% 16% 15% 13% 15% 10 percent to under 20 percent 42 37 38 41 40 20 percent to under 30 percent 19 21 24 22 20 30 percent or more 14 17 17 17 15 don’t know 9 9 6 7 10 [rotate questions 14 and 15] 14. I’m going to name some of the largest areas for overall state spending. Please tell me the one that represents the most spending in the [state name] state budget. [rotate] (1) K–12 public education, (2) Medicaid health insurance for lower-income households, (3) higher education, [or] (4) transportation? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York K–12 public education 23% 20% 19% 25% 16% Medicaid health insurance for 36 46 52 44 50 lower-income households higher education 9 6 6 5 6 transportation 21 15 15 18 20 don’t know 11 13 8 8 8 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California5 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 15. I’m going to name some of the largest areas for state revenues. Please tell me the one that represents the most revenue for the [state name] state budget. [rotate] (1) personal income tax, (2) sales tax, [or] (3) corporate tax? Arizona California Illinois New York personal income tax 24% 35% 31% 39% sales tax 47 36 44 27 corporate tax 21 21 19 26 don’t know 8 8 6 8 Florida: I’m going to name some of the largest areas for state revenues. Please tell me the one that represents the most revenue for the Florida state budget. [rotate] (1) highway safety licenses and fees, (2) sales tax, [or] (3) corporate tax? 31% highway safety licenses and fees 42 sales tax 20 corporate tax 7 don’t know 16. Do you think the state budget situation in [state name]—that is, the balance between government spending and revenues—is a big problem, somewhat of a problem, or not a problem for the people of [state name] today? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York big problem 56% 67% 45% 68% 66% somewhat of a problem 40 30 47 32 30 not a problem 2 2 5 – 3 don’t know 2 1 3 – 1 17. Overall, how concerned are you about the effects of state spending reductions on government services—are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not at all concerned? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York very concerned 40% 46% 40% 47% 45% somewhat concerned 43 38 41 41 41 not too concerned 11 10 11 8 9 not at all concerned 5 4 7 4 4 don’t know 1 2 1 – 1 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California6 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 18. As you may know, projections indicate that the state government will face a multibillion dollar gap between spending and revenues. If the state chooses to cut spending to help balance its budget , is it better to make across-the-board cuts or is it better to cut some areas more than others? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York across-the-board cuts 29% 30% 28% 29% 30% better to cut some areas 66 65 66 68 65 more than others don’t know 5 5 6 3 5 Some of the largest areas for overall state spending in [state name] are: [rotate] (1) K–12 public education, (2) Medicaid health insurance for lower-income households, (3) higher education, [and] (4) transportation. 19. Thinking about these four areas of overall state spending, I’d like you to name the one that you most want to protect from state spending cuts. Arizona California Florida Illinois New York K–12 public education 57% 50% 54% 53% 48% Medicaid health insurance for 23 26 26 28 26 lower-income households higher education 12 15 12 12 14 transportation 5 5 6 5 8 don’t know 3 4 2 2 4 20. Thinking about these four areas of overall state spending, I’d like you to name the one that you least want to protect from state spending cuts. Arizona California Florida Illinois New York K–12 public education 4% 5% 5% 7% 7% Medicaid health insurance for 17 22 20 17 22 lower-income households higher education 21 16 18 17 17 transportation 52 51 51 55 46 don’t know 6 6 6 4 8 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California7 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS Tax increases could be used to help address the state budget situation. For each of the following, please indicate whether you would be willing to pay higher taxes for this purpo se, or not. [rotate questions 21 to 25] 21. What if the state government said it needed more money just to maintain current funding for K–12 public education? Would you be willing to pay higher taxes for this purpose, or not? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York yes 71% 66% 70% 70% 63% no 28 32 28 29 35 don’t know 1 2 2 1 2 22. What if the state government said it needed more money just to maintain current funding for higher education? Would you be willing to pay higher taxes for this purpose, or not? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York yes 42% 47% 49% 46% 44% no 57 51 50 53 53 don’t know 1 2 1 1 3 23. What if the state government said it needed more money just to maintain current funding for health and human services? Would you be willing to pay higher taxes for this purpose, or not? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York yes 56% 56% 54% 57% 52% no 41 42 43 41 45 don’t know 3 2 3 2 3 24. What if the state government said it needed more money just to maintain current funding for prisons and corrections? Would you be willing to pay higher taxes for this purpose, or not? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York yes 26% 20% 23% 21% 16% no 73 80 75 77 82 don’t know 1 – 2 2 2 25. What if the state government said it needed more money just to maintain current funding for transportation? Would you be willing to pay higher taxes for this purpose, or not? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York yes 20% 20% 24% 20% 22% no 78 78 74 78 77 don’t know 2 2 2 2 1 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California8 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS New revenue sources have been proposed to address the state budget situation. For each of the following, please indicate whether you favor or oppose the proposal. [rotate questions 26 to 31] 26. How about raising personal income taxes? (In Florida: How about creating a personal state income tax?) Arizona California Florida Illinois New York favor 20% 22% 23% 26% 20% oppose 79 76 73 73 79 don’t know 1 2 4 1 1 27. How about raising corporate taxes? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York favor 55% 63% 58% 60% 65% oppose 42 34 38 38 33 don’t know 3 3 4 2 2 28. How about raising the state sales tax on all purchases? (In Arizona: How about making the recent state sales tax increase permanent?) Arizona California Florida Illinois New York favor 29% 21% 32% 23% 16% oppose 69 76 66 76 82 don’t know 2 3 2 1 2 29. How about extending the state sales tax to services that are currently not taxed? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York favor 34% 40% 39% 43% 31% oppose 60 55 54 51 62 don’t know 6 5 7 6 7 30. How about raising taxes on alcohol and cigarettes? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York favor 66% 74% 69% 66% 73% oppose 34 25 30 33 26 don’t know – 1 1 1 1 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California9 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 31. How about expanding gambling to raise state revenues? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York favor 51% 51% 57% 54% 58% oppose 46 47 40 44 40 don’t know 3 2 3 2 2 32. Several proposals have been made to find new revenue sources to address the state’s budget situation. Which one of the following would you most prefer— Arizona: [rotate] (1) allowing casino gambling at racetracks, (2) extending the state sales taxes to services not currently taxed, (3) transferring money mandated by voters for a specific purpose and using it for other purposes, [or] (4) raising the per-gallon gasoline tax? 54% allowing casino gambling at racetracks 16 extending the state sales taxes to services not currently taxed 14 transferring money mandated by voters for a specific purpose and using it for other purposes 7 raising the per-gallon gasoline tax 9 don’t know California: [rotate] (1) raising corporate taxes, (2) maintaining the temporary increase in the state sales tax for a longer period, [or] (3) borrowing against future revenue generated from a new tax on the extraction of oil in California? 42% raising corporate taxes 29 maintaining the temporary increase in the state sales tax for a longer period 21 borrowing against future revenue generated from a new tax on the extraction of oil in California 8 don’t know Florida: [rotate] (1) raising corporate taxes, (2) collecting a state sales tax on al l Internet purchases, [or] (3) increasing the number of products subject to the state sales tax? 42% raising corporate taxes 27 collecting a state sales tax on all Internet purchases 22 increasing the number of products subject to the state sales tax 9 don’t know Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California10 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS Illinois: [rotate] (1) raising income taxes on the wealthy, (2) borrowing money to make ends meet, [or] (3) expanding gambling, such as adding a casino in Chicago? 44% raising income taxes on the wealthy 6 borrowing money to make ends meet 44 expanding gambling, such as adding a casino in Chicago 6 don’t know [asked of respondents who were recontacted between June 15 and 20] [rotate] (1) raising income taxes on everyone, (2) borrowing money to make ends meet, [or] (3) expanding gambling, such as adding a casino in Chicago? 24% raising income taxes on everyone 10 borrowing money to make ends meet 57 expanding gambling, such as adding a casino in Chicago 9 don’t know New York: [rotate] (1) raising income taxes again on the wealthy, (2) borrowing money to make ends meet for the next three years, [or] (3) taxing sugary soft drinks? 56% raising income taxes again on the wealthy 5 borrowing money to make ends meet for the next three years 31 taxing sugary soft drinks 8 don’t know 33. If the state had to raise taxes on individuals to keep the same level of services, which one of the following would you most prefer— Arizona: [rotate] (1) raising income taxes, (2) extending the state sales taxes to se rvices not currently taxed, (3) collecting a state sales tax on all Internet purchases, (4) reinstating a state property tax, [or] (5) making the recent state sales tax increase permanent? 7% raising income taxes 23 extending the state sales taxes to services not currently taxed 28 collecting a state sales tax on all Internet purchases 7 reinstating a state property tax 20 making the recent state sales tax increase permanent 15 don’t know Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California11 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS California: [rotate] (1) extending the state sales taxes to services not currently taxed, (2) raising income taxes on everyone, [or] (3) raising the vehicle license fee? 45% extending the state sales taxes to services not currently taxed 21 raising income taxes on everyone 24 raising the vehicle license fee 10 don’t know Florida: [rotate] (1) creating a personal state income tax, (2) extending the state sales taxe s to services not currently taxed, (3) collecting a state sales tax on Internet purchases, [or] (4) raising the state sales tax on all purchases? 10% creating a personal state income tax 27 extending the state sales taxes to services not currently taxed 35 collecting a state sales tax on Internet purchases 18 raising the state sales tax on all purchases 10 don’t know Illinois: [rotate] (1) raising income taxes on everyone, (2) raising income taxes on the wealthy, (3) raising the state sales taxes on all purchases, [or] (4) extending the state sales taxes to services not currently taxed? 18% raising income taxes on everyone 48 raising income taxes on wealthy 12 raising the state sales taxes on all purchases 18 extending the state sales taxes to services not currently taxed 4 don’t know New York: [rotate] (1) raising income taxes on everyone, (2) raising the state sales taxes on all purchases, [or] (3) extending the state sales taxes to services not currently taxed? 22% raising income taxes on everyone 21 raising the state sales taxes on all purchases 45 extending the state sales taxes to services not currently taxed 12 don’t know Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California12 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 34. State government can balance the budget in a number of ways including—[rotate] (1) cutting spending, (2) raising taxes and fees, [and] (3) borrowing. Thinking about these three ways to balance the state budget, which approach would be your first choice? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York cutting spending [ask q34a] 77% 67% 71% 73% 71% raising taxes and fees [skip to q34b] 14 17 15 19 13 borrowing [skip to q34c] 5 10 10 6 11 don’t know [skip to q35] 4 6 4 2 5 34a.[of those who said “cutting spending” in q34] And which approach would be your second choice? [rotate] (1) raising taxes and fees, [or] (2) borrowing? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York raising taxes and fees 53% 55% 58% 60% 55% borrowing 38 35 32 35 38 don’t know 9 10 10 5 7 34b.[sample size too small to report] 34c.[sample size too small to report] 35. As you may know, the state government has had to make significant spending cuts in the last few years. Which of these views best represents your opinion of [state name] state government? [rotate] (1) state government is too small and is not doing enough to serve its residents; it needs more money; [or] (2) state government is about the right size and is doing enough to serve its residents; it should continue to operate with the same amount of money; [or] (3) state government is too big and is trying to do too much to serve its residents; it could make do with less money. Arizona California Florida Illinois New York too small and not doing enough 19% 16% 20% 20% 18% about the right size and doing enough 31 24 28 24 21 too big and trying to do too much 43 53 45 50 57 don’t know 7 7 7 6 4 36. In general, which of the following statements do you agree with more—[rotate] (1) I’d rather pay higher taxes and have a state government that provides more services, [or] (2) I’d rather pay lower taxes and have a state government that provides fewer services? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York higher taxes and more services 43% 46% 46% 44% 46% lower taxes and fewer services 52 49 48 51 48 don’t know 5 5 6 5 6 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California13 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 37. When it comes to the tough choices involved in the state budget, both in deciding how much [state name residents] should pay in taxes and how to fund state programs, whose approach do you most prefer—[rotate] (1) Governor [governor’s name], (2) the Democrats’ in the legislature, [or] (3) the Republicans’ in the legislature? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York Governor’s approach 22% 9% 22% 12% 12% Democrats’ approach 31 42 29 32 41 Republicans’ approach 29 30 31 33 22 other (specify) 1 1 1 1 2 none (volunteered) 9 8 8 8 12 don’t know 8 10 9 14 11 38. And when it comes to long-term issues of reforming the state budget process, both in terms of changing the way the state taxes and spends money, which approach do you most prefer—[rotate] (1) the governor and legislature should pass new laws, [or] (2) the state voters should decide at the ballot box? [question 38 not asked in New York] Arizona California Florida Illinois governor and legislature should 18% 22% 19% 20% pass new laws state voters should decide 78 75 78 76 at the ballot box don’t know 4 3 3 4 39. Overall, do you think the state budget process in [state name], in terms of both revenues and spending, is in need of major changes, minor changes, or do you think it is fine the way it is? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York major changes 63% 77% 53% 75% 72% minor changes 29 16 36 20 21 fine the way it is 6 5 8 4 4 don’t know 2 2 3 1 3 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California14 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 40. When it comes to the long-term issues of reforming the state budget process, should the people in state government [rotate] (1) take action now, [or should they] (2) wait until the state economy improves to take action? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York take action now 81% 83% 76% 86% 80% wait until state economy improves 17 14 21 12 18 don’t know 2 3 3 2 2 41. At this time, how much of a problem for state and local government budgets is the amount of money that is being spent on their public employee pension or retirement systems? Is this a big problem, somewhat of a problem, or not a problem in [state name] today? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York big problem 27% 44% 36% 47% 47% somewhat of a problem 41 32 36 36 32 not a problem 19 13 18 10 15 don’t know 13 11 10 7 6 42. On another topic, overall, do you think the state and local tax system i s in need of major changes, minor changes, or do you think it is fine the way it is? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York major changes 43% 60% 42% 55% 59% minor changes 40 27 42 36 30 fine the way it is 15 10 13 7 9 don’t know 2 3 3 2 2 43. Overall, how fair do you think the present state and local tax system is—would you say it is very fair, moderately fair, not too fair, or not at all fair? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York very fair 7% 4% 8% 5% 2% moderately fair 61 55 60 55 54 not too fair 19 23 19 24 22 not at all fair 11 16 9 15 19 don’t know 2 2 4 1 3 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California15 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 44. When you combine all of the taxes you pay to state and local government, do you feel that you pay much more than you should, somewhat more than you should, about the right amount, or less than you should? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York much more 20% 25% 23% 28% 38% somewhat more 28 29 27 29 30 about the right amount 43 40 42 37 27 less 8 3 7 6 3 don’t know 1 3 1 – 2 45. On another topic, do you think that the federal government is doing more than enough, just enough, or not enough to provide financial aid to state governments facing budget deficits? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York more than enough 13% 11% 13% 12% 10% just enough 25 30 26 31 30 not enough 55 51 53 48 52 don’t know 7 8 8 9 8 46. Do you favor or oppose the federal government providing a second round of economic stimulus funds to the state of [state name], even if it adds to the federal deficit? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York favor 35% 39% 41% 37% 42% oppose 61 54 54 57 52 don’t know 4 7 5 6 6 47. Next, some people are registered to vote and others are not. Are you absolutely certain that you are registered to vote in [state name]? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York yes [ask q47a] 86% 78% 84% 89% 85% no [skip to q48b] 14 21 14 10 14 don’t know [skip to q48b] – 1 2 1 1 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California16 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 47a. Arizona: Are you registered as a Democrat, a Republican, another party, or are you not registered with a party? California: Are you registered as a Democrat, a Republican, another party, or as an independent? Florida: Are you registered as a Democrat, a Republican, a minor party, or are you not registered with a party? Illinois: Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a Democrat, a Re publican, an independent, or what? New York: Are you enrolled as a Democrat, a Republican, another party, or are you not enrolled with a party? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York Democrat [ask q48] 34% 44% 43% 42% 45% Republican [skip to q48a] 39 31 34 25 24 another/minor party (specify) 1 1 – 3 2 [skip to q49] independent; not registered/enrolled 26 24 23 30 29 with a party [skip to q48b] 48. Would you call yourself a strong Democrat or not a very strong Democrat? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York strong 45% 47% 53% 58% 52% not very strong 53 50 44 41 45 don’t know 2 3 3 1 3 [skip to q49] 48a.Would you call yourself a strong Republican or not a very strong Republican? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York strong 57% 49% 59% 52% 49% not very strong 42 47 39 47 50 don’t know 1 4 2 1 1 [skip to q49] Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California17 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 48b.Do you think of yourself as closer to the Republican Party or Democr atic Party? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York Republican Party 25% 32% 18% 42% 17% Democratic Party 40 44 53 35 51 neither (volunteered) 30 49 26 20 28 don’t know 5 5 3 3 4 49. Next, would you consider yourself to be politically: [read list, rotate order top to bottom] Arizona California Florida Illinois New York very liberal 8% 8% 10% 6% 12% somewhat liberal 19 19 16 17 15 middle-of-the-road 26 29 32 32 36 somewhat conservative 25 25 22 30 21 very conservative 19 15 18 13 13 don’t know 3 4 2 2 3 50. Generally speaking, how much interest would you say you have in politics—a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or none? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York great deal 26% 20% 28% 23% 22% fair amount 42 43 38 48 43 only a little 24 27 26 24 27 none 7 9 8 5 8 don’t know 1 1 – – – 51. How closely are you following news about candidates for the 2010 governor’s election—very closely, fairly closely, not too closely, or not at all closely? 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Margin of error taking the design effect from weighting into consideration is ±4% at the 95% confidence level for total sample in each state 1. First, thinking about the state as a whole, what do you think is the mos t important issue facing people in [state name] today? [code, don’t read] Arizona California Florida Illinois New York crime, gangs, drugs 1% 2% 1% 5% 3% economy 17 30 20 17 25 education, schools 4 5 5 10 4 environment, pollution – 1 7 1 – government regulations 2 1 – – 1 health care, health costs 2 1 2 3 3 housing crisis, housing costs – 1 3 – 3 immigration, illegal immigration 47 7 1 1 2 jobs, unemployment 12 29 32 26 24 oil spill – – 15 – – political corruption – 1 – 3 – race relations, racial/ethnic issues 2 – – – – state budget, deficit 3 8 1 17 7 taxes 1 3 2 7 14 other 7 8 8 7 10 don’t know 2 3 3 3 4 2. Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way that [governor’s name] is handling his/her job as Governor of [state name]? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York approve 51% 23% 53% 31% 26% disapprove 38 64 32 49 58 don’t know 11 13 15 20 16 Facing Facts: Public Attitudes and Fiscal Realities in Five Stressed States Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California2 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 3. Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way that [governor’s name] is handling the issue of the state budget and taxes? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York approve 43% 21% 49% 24% 26% disapprove 44 65 36 63 61 don’t know 13 14 15 13 13 4. Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way that the [state name] legislature is handling its job? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York approve 36% 15% 40% 20% 20% disapprove 54 72 44 68 65 don’t know 10 13 16 12 15 5. Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way that the [state name] legislature is handling the issue of the state budget and taxes? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York approve 33% 9% 33% 13% 12% disapprove 57 80 52 80 74 don’t know 10 11 15 7 14 6. Do you think things in [state name] are generally going in the right direction or the wrong direction? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York right direction 44% 15% 34% 21% 21% wrong direction 50 78 57 72 71 don’t know 6 7 9 7 8 7. Turning to economic conditions in [state name], do you think that during the next 12 months we will have good times financially or bad times? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York good times 29% 29% 28% 25% 31% bad times 63 62 64 69 59 don’t know 8 9 8 6 10 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California3 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 8. Would you say that [state name] is in an economic recession, or not? (if yes: Do you think it is in a serious, a moderate, or a mild recession?) Arizona California Florida Illinois New York yes, serious recession 47% 54% 45% 48% 37% yes, moderate recession 32 29 34 32 36 yes, mild recession 8 7 7 8 9 no 10 9 10 8 14 don’t know 3 1 4 4 4 9. Changing topics, how much of the time do you think you can trust the sta te government in [capital city name] to do what is right—just about always, most of the time, or only som e of the time? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York just about always 4% 3% 4% 2% 3% most of the time 29 15 27 17 16 only some of the time 60 70 59 71 67 none of the time (volunteered) 6 10 8 9 12 don’t know 1 2 2 1 2 10. Would you say the state government is pretty much run by a few big interests looking out for themselves, or that it is run for the benefit of all of the people? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York a few big interests 59% 76% 66% 81% 75% benefit of all of the people 33 18 27 13 17 don’t know 8 6 7 6 8 11. Do you think the people in state government waste a lot of the money we pay in taxes, waste some of it, or don’t waste very much of it? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York a lot 48% 65% 51% 64% 65% some 41 26 37 31 29 don’t waste very much 8 6 7 4 4 don’t know 3 3 5 1 2 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California4 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 12. On another topic, in general, how much would you say you know about how your state and local governments spend and raise money—a lot, some, very little, or nothing? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York a lot 21% 16% 18% 21% 18% some 52 55 49 53 47 very little 24 21 25 23 27 nothing 3 7 6 3 6 don’t know – 1 2 – 2 13. In general, do you think the state government could spend less and still provide the same level of services, or not? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York yes, could [ask q13a] 63% 67% 64% 67% 67% no, could not [skip to q14] 31 27 28 28 26 don’t know [skip to q14] 6 6 8 5 7 13a. How much could the state government cut its spending without reducing services—under 10 percent, 10 percent to under 20 percent, 20 percent to under 30 percent, 30 percent or more? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York under 10 percent 16% 16% 15% 13% 15% 10 percent to under 20 percent 42 37 38 41 40 20 percent to under 30 percent 19 21 24 22 20 30 percent or more 14 17 17 17 15 don’t know 9 9 6 7 10 [rotate questions 14 and 15] 14. I’m going to name some of the largest areas for overall state spending. Please tell me the one that represents the most spending in the [state name] state budget. [rotate] (1) K–12 public education, (2) Medicaid health insurance for lower-income households, (3) higher education, [or] (4) transportation? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York K–12 public education 23% 20% 19% 25% 16% Medicaid health insurance for 36 46 52 44 50 lower-income households higher education 9 6 6 5 6 transportation 21 15 15 18 20 don’t know 11 13 8 8 8 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California5 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 15. I’m going to name some of the largest areas for state revenues. Please tell me the one that represents the most revenue for the [state name] state budget. [rotate] (1) personal income tax, (2) sales tax, [or] (3) corporate tax? Arizona California Illinois New York personal income tax 24% 35% 31% 39% sales tax 47 36 44 27 corporate tax 21 21 19 26 don’t know 8 8 6 8 Florida: I’m going to name some of the largest areas for state revenues. Please tell me the one that represents the most revenue for the Florida state budget. [rotate] (1) highway safety licenses and fees, (2) sales tax, [or] (3) corporate tax? 31% highway safety licenses and fees 42 sales tax 20 corporate tax 7 don’t know 16. Do you think the state budget situation in [state name]—that is, the balance between government spending and revenues—is a big problem, somewhat of a problem, or not a problem for the people of [state name] today? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York big problem 56% 67% 45% 68% 66% somewhat of a problem 40 30 47 32 30 not a problem 2 2 5 – 3 don’t know 2 1 3 – 1 17. Overall, how concerned are you about the effects of state spending reductions on government services—are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not at all concerned? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York very concerned 40% 46% 40% 47% 45% somewhat concerned 43 38 41 41 41 not too concerned 11 10 11 8 9 not at all concerned 5 4 7 4 4 don’t know 1 2 1 – 1 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California6 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 18. As you may know, projections indicate that the state government will face a multibillion dollar gap between spending and revenues. If the state chooses to cut spending to help balance its budget , is it better to make across-the-board cuts or is it better to cut some areas more than others? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York across-the-board cuts 29% 30% 28% 29% 30% better to cut some areas 66 65 66 68 65 more than others don’t know 5 5 6 3 5 Some of the largest areas for overall state spending in [state name] are: [rotate] (1) K–12 public education, (2) Medicaid health insurance for lower-income households, (3) higher education, [and] (4) transportation. 19. Thinking about these four areas of overall state spending, I’d like you to name the one that you most want to protect from state spending cuts. Arizona California Florida Illinois New York K–12 public education 57% 50% 54% 53% 48% Medicaid health insurance for 23 26 26 28 26 lower-income households higher education 12 15 12 12 14 transportation 5 5 6 5 8 don’t know 3 4 2 2 4 20. Thinking about these four areas of overall state spending, I’d like you to name the one that you least want to protect from state spending cuts. Arizona California Florida Illinois New York K–12 public education 4% 5% 5% 7% 7% Medicaid health insurance for 17 22 20 17 22 lower-income households higher education 21 16 18 17 17 transportation 52 51 51 55 46 don’t know 6 6 6 4 8 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California7 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS Tax increases could be used to help address the state budget situation. For each of the following, please indicate whether you would be willing to pay higher taxes for this purpo se, or not. [rotate questions 21 to 25] 21. What if the state government said it needed more money just to maintain current funding for K–12 public education? Would you be willing to pay higher taxes for this purpose, or not? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York yes 71% 66% 70% 70% 63% no 28 32 28 29 35 don’t know 1 2 2 1 2 22. What if the state government said it needed more money just to maintain current funding for higher education? Would you be willing to pay higher taxes for this purpose, or not? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York yes 42% 47% 49% 46% 44% no 57 51 50 53 53 don’t know 1 2 1 1 3 23. What if the state government said it needed more money just to maintain current funding for health and human services? Would you be willing to pay higher taxes for this purpose, or not? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York yes 56% 56% 54% 57% 52% no 41 42 43 41 45 don’t know 3 2 3 2 3 24. What if the state government said it needed more money just to maintain current funding for prisons and corrections? Would you be willing to pay higher taxes for this purpose, or not? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York yes 26% 20% 23% 21% 16% no 73 80 75 77 82 don’t know 1 – 2 2 2 25. What if the state government said it needed more money just to maintain current funding for transportation? Would you be willing to pay higher taxes for this purpose, or not? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York yes 20% 20% 24% 20% 22% no 78 78 74 78 77 don’t know 2 2 2 2 1 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California8 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS New revenue sources have been proposed to address the state budget situation. For each of the following, please indicate whether you favor or oppose the proposal. [rotate questions 26 to 31] 26. How about raising personal income taxes? (In Florida: How about creating a personal state income tax?) Arizona California Florida Illinois New York favor 20% 22% 23% 26% 20% oppose 79 76 73 73 79 don’t know 1 2 4 1 1 27. How about raising corporate taxes? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York favor 55% 63% 58% 60% 65% oppose 42 34 38 38 33 don’t know 3 3 4 2 2 28. How about raising the state sales tax on all purchases? (In Arizona: How about making the recent state sales tax increase permanent?) Arizona California Florida Illinois New York favor 29% 21% 32% 23% 16% oppose 69 76 66 76 82 don’t know 2 3 2 1 2 29. How about extending the state sales tax to services that are currently not taxed? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York favor 34% 40% 39% 43% 31% oppose 60 55 54 51 62 don’t know 6 5 7 6 7 30. How about raising taxes on alcohol and cigarettes? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York favor 66% 74% 69% 66% 73% oppose 34 25 30 33 26 don’t know – 1 1 1 1 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California9 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 31. How about expanding gambling to raise state revenues? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York favor 51% 51% 57% 54% 58% oppose 46 47 40 44 40 don’t know 3 2 3 2 2 32. Several proposals have been made to find new revenue sources to address the state’s budget situation. Which one of the following would you most prefer— Arizona: [rotate] (1) allowing casino gambling at racetracks, (2) extending the state sales taxes to services not currently taxed, (3) transferring money mandated by voters for a specific purpose and using it for other purposes, [or] (4) raising the per-gallon gasoline tax? 54% allowing casino gambling at racetracks 16 extending the state sales taxes to services not currently taxed 14 transferring money mandated by voters for a specific purpose and using it for other purposes 7 raising the per-gallon gasoline tax 9 don’t know California: [rotate] (1) raising corporate taxes, (2) maintaining the temporary increase in the state sales tax for a longer period, [or] (3) borrowing against future revenue generated from a new tax on the extraction of oil in California? 42% raising corporate taxes 29 maintaining the temporary increase in the state sales tax for a longer period 21 borrowing against future revenue generated from a new tax on the extraction of oil in California 8 don’t know Florida: [rotate] (1) raising corporate taxes, (2) collecting a state sales tax on al l Internet purchases, [or] (3) increasing the number of products subject to the state sales tax? 42% raising corporate taxes 27 collecting a state sales tax on all Internet purchases 22 increasing the number of products subject to the state sales tax 9 don’t know Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California10 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS Illinois: [rotate] (1) raising income taxes on the wealthy, (2) borrowing money to make ends meet, [or] (3) expanding gambling, such as adding a casino in Chicago? 44% raising income taxes on the wealthy 6 borrowing money to make ends meet 44 expanding gambling, such as adding a casino in Chicago 6 don’t know [asked of respondents who were recontacted between June 15 and 20] [rotate] (1) raising income taxes on everyone, (2) borrowing money to make ends meet, [or] (3) expanding gambling, such as adding a casino in Chicago? 24% raising income taxes on everyone 10 borrowing money to make ends meet 57 expanding gambling, such as adding a casino in Chicago 9 don’t know New York: [rotate] (1) raising income taxes again on the wealthy, (2) borrowing money to make ends meet for the next three years, [or] (3) taxing sugary soft drinks? 56% raising income taxes again on the wealthy 5 borrowing money to make ends meet for the next three years 31 taxing sugary soft drinks 8 don’t know 33. If the state had to raise taxes on individuals to keep the same level of services, which one of the following would you most prefer— Arizona: [rotate] (1) raising income taxes, (2) extending the state sales taxes to se rvices not currently taxed, (3) collecting a state sales tax on all Internet purchases, (4) reinstating a state property tax, [or] (5) making the recent state sales tax increase permanent? 7% raising income taxes 23 extending the state sales taxes to services not currently taxed 28 collecting a state sales tax on all Internet purchases 7 reinstating a state property tax 20 making the recent state sales tax increase permanent 15 don’t know Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California11 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS California: [rotate] (1) extending the state sales taxes to services not currently taxed, (2) raising income taxes on everyone, [or] (3) raising the vehicle license fee? 45% extending the state sales taxes to services not currently taxed 21 raising income taxes on everyone 24 raising the vehicle license fee 10 don’t know Florida: [rotate] (1) creating a personal state income tax, (2) extending the state sales taxe s to services not currently taxed, (3) collecting a state sales tax on Internet purchases, [or] (4) raising the state sales tax on all purchases? 10% creating a personal state income tax 27 extending the state sales taxes to services not currently taxed 35 collecting a state sales tax on Internet purchases 18 raising the state sales tax on all purchases 10 don’t know Illinois: [rotate] (1) raising income taxes on everyone, (2) raising income taxes on the wealthy, (3) raising the state sales taxes on all purchases, [or] (4) extending the state sales taxes to services not currently taxed? 18% raising income taxes on everyone 48 raising income taxes on wealthy 12 raising the state sales taxes on all purchases 18 extending the state sales taxes to services not currently taxed 4 don’t know New York: [rotate] (1) raising income taxes on everyone, (2) raising the state sales taxes on all purchases, [or] (3) extending the state sales taxes to services not currently taxed? 22% raising income taxes on everyone 21 raising the state sales taxes on all purchases 45 extending the state sales taxes to services not currently taxed 12 don’t know Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California12 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 34. State government can balance the budget in a number of ways including—[rotate] (1) cutting spending, (2) raising taxes and fees, [and] (3) borrowing. Thinking about these three ways to balance the state budget, which approach would be your first choice? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York cutting spending [ask q34a] 77% 67% 71% 73% 71% raising taxes and fees [skip to q34b] 14 17 15 19 13 borrowing [skip to q34c] 5 10 10 6 11 don’t know [skip to q35] 4 6 4 2 5 34a.[of those who said “cutting spending” in q34] And which approach would be your second choice? [rotate] (1) raising taxes and fees, [or] (2) borrowing? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York raising taxes and fees 53% 55% 58% 60% 55% borrowing 38 35 32 35 38 don’t know 9 10 10 5 7 34b.[sample size too small to report] 34c.[sample size too small to report] 35. As you may know, the state government has had to make significant spending cuts in the last few years. Which of these views best represents your opinion of [state name] state government? [rotate] (1) state government is too small and is not doing enough to serve its residents; it needs more money; [or] (2) state government is about the right size and is doing enough to serve its residents; it should continue to operate with the same amount of money; [or] (3) state government is too big and is trying to do too much to serve its residents; it could make do with less money. Arizona California Florida Illinois New York too small and not doing enough 19% 16% 20% 20% 18% about the right size and doing enough 31 24 28 24 21 too big and trying to do too much 43 53 45 50 57 don’t know 7 7 7 6 4 36. In general, which of the following statements do you agree with more—[rotate] (1) I’d rather pay higher taxes and have a state government that provides more services, [or] (2) I’d rather pay lower taxes and have a state government that provides fewer services? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York higher taxes and more services 43% 46% 46% 44% 46% lower taxes and fewer services 52 49 48 51 48 don’t know 5 5 6 5 6 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California13 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 37. When it comes to the tough choices involved in the state budget, both in deciding how much [state name residents] should pay in taxes and how to fund state programs, whose approach do you most prefer—[rotate] (1) Governor [governor’s name], (2) the Democrats’ in the legislature, [or] (3) the Republicans’ in the legislature? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York Governor’s approach 22% 9% 22% 12% 12% Democrats’ approach 31 42 29 32 41 Republicans’ approach 29 30 31 33 22 other (specify) 1 1 1 1 2 none (volunteered) 9 8 8 8 12 don’t know 8 10 9 14 11 38. And when it comes to long-term issues of reforming the state budget process, both in terms of changing the way the state taxes and spends money, which approach do you most prefer—[rotate] (1) the governor and legislature should pass new laws, [or] (2) the state voters should decide at the ballot box? [question 38 not asked in New York] Arizona California Florida Illinois governor and legislature should 18% 22% 19% 20% pass new laws state voters should decide 78 75 78 76 at the ballot box don’t know 4 3 3 4 39. Overall, do you think the state budget process in [state name], in terms of both revenues and spending, is in need of major changes, minor changes, or do you think it is fine the way it is? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York major changes 63% 77% 53% 75% 72% minor changes 29 16 36 20 21 fine the way it is 6 5 8 4 4 don’t know 2 2 3 1 3 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California14 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 40. When it comes to the long-term issues of reforming the state budget process, should the people in state government [rotate] (1) take action now, [or should they] (2) wait until the state economy improves to take action? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York take action now 81% 83% 76% 86% 80% wait until state economy improves 17 14 21 12 18 don’t know 2 3 3 2 2 41. At this time, how much of a problem for state and local government budgets is the amount of money that is being spent on their public employee pension or retirement systems? Is this a big problem, somewhat of a problem, or not a problem in [state name] today? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York big problem 27% 44% 36% 47% 47% somewhat of a problem 41 32 36 36 32 not a problem 19 13 18 10 15 don’t know 13 11 10 7 6 42. On another topic, overall, do you think the state and local tax system i s in need of major changes, minor changes, or do you think it is fine the way it is? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York major changes 43% 60% 42% 55% 59% minor changes 40 27 42 36 30 fine the way it is 15 10 13 7 9 don’t know 2 3 3 2 2 43. Overall, how fair do you think the present state and local tax system is—would you say it is very fair, moderately fair, not too fair, or not at all fair? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York very fair 7% 4% 8% 5% 2% moderately fair 61 55 60 55 54 not too fair 19 23 19 24 22 not at all fair 11 16 9 15 19 don’t know 2 2 4 1 3 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California15 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 44. When you combine all of the taxes you pay to state and local government, do you feel that you pay much more than you should, somewhat more than you should, about the right amount, or less than you should? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York much more 20% 25% 23% 28% 38% somewhat more 28 29 27 29 30 about the right amount 43 40 42 37 27 less 8 3 7 6 3 don’t know 1 3 1 – 2 45. On another topic, do you think that the federal government is doing more than enough, just enough, or not enough to provide financial aid to state governments facing budget deficits? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York more than enough 13% 11% 13% 12% 10% just enough 25 30 26 31 30 not enough 55 51 53 48 52 don’t know 7 8 8 9 8 46. Do you favor or oppose the federal government providing a second round of economic stimulus funds to the state of [state name], even if it adds to the federal deficit? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York favor 35% 39% 41% 37% 42% oppose 61 54 54 57 52 don’t know 4 7 5 6 6 47. Next, some people are registered to vote and others are not. Are you absolutely certain that you are registered to vote in [state name]? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York yes [ask q47a] 86% 78% 84% 89% 85% no [skip to q48b] 14 21 14 10 14 don’t know [skip to q48b] – 1 2 1 1 Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California16 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 47a. Arizona: Are you registered as a Democrat, a Republican, another party, or are you not registered with a party? California: Are you registered as a Democrat, a Republican, another party, or as an independent? Florida: Are you registered as a Democrat, a Republican, a minor party, or are you not registered with a party? Illinois: Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a Democrat, a Re publican, an independent, or what? New York: Are you enrolled as a Democrat, a Republican, another party, or are you not enrolled with a party? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York Democrat [ask q48] 34% 44% 43% 42% 45% Republican [skip to q48a] 39 31 34 25 24 another/minor party (specify) 1 1 – 3 2 [skip to q49] independent; not registered/enrolled 26 24 23 30 29 with a party [skip to q48b] 48. Would you call yourself a strong Democrat or not a very strong Democrat? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York strong 45% 47% 53% 58% 52% not very strong 53 50 44 41 45 don’t know 2 3 3 1 3 [skip to q49] 48a.Would you call yourself a strong Republican or not a very strong Republican? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York strong 57% 49% 59% 52% 49% not very strong 42 47 39 47 50 don’t know 1 4 2 1 1 [skip to q49] Pew Center on the StateS | PubliC PoliCy inStitute of California17 QUESTIONNAIRE AND RESULTS 48b.Do you think of yourself as closer to the Republican Party or Democr atic Party? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York Republican Party 25% 32% 18% 42% 17% Democratic Party 40 44 53 35 51 neither (volunteered) 30 49 26 20 28 don’t know 5 5 3 3 4 49. Next, would you consider yourself to be politically: [read list, rotate order top to bottom] Arizona California Florida Illinois New York very liberal 8% 8% 10% 6% 12% somewhat liberal 19 19 16 17 15 middle-of-the-road 26 29 32 32 36 somewhat conservative 25 25 22 30 21 very conservative 19 15 18 13 13 don’t know 3 4 2 2 3 50. Generally speaking, how much interest would you say you have in politics—a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or none? Arizona California Florida Illinois New York great deal 26% 20% 28% 23% 22% fair amount 42 43 38 48 43 only a little 24 27 26 24 27 none 7 9 8 5 8 don’t know 1 1 – – – 51. How closely are you following news about candidates for the 2010 governor’s election—very closely, fairly closely, not too closely, or not at all closely? 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