Most in Blue States Say Their State Finances Are Worsening; Democrats Favor Bailouts

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 26% of all Likely U.S. Voters say their state is in better financial shape than it was five years ago. Forty-five percent (45%) say their state is in worse financial shape. Twenty-five percent (25%) report that the finances of their home state are about the same. 

Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters living in a Blue state say their state’s finances have gotten worse, compared to 40% of those living in Red states. Thirty-three percent (33%) of Red state voters say their state is in better financial shape, a view shared by just 20% of those living in Blue states.

In late 2017, 40% of voters in both Red and Blue states said their states’ finances had gotten worse over the previous five years. Thirty-four percent (34%) of those in Red states said things were better financially, compared to 22% of voters in Blue states.

Forty-seven percent (47%) of all voters now believe the federal government should provide bailout funding for states with serious financial problems. Thirty-seven percent (37%) disagree, with 16% undecided.

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