State Policy Network
What Americans think about state budgets and coronavirus relief
As states face revenue shortfalls from coronavirus shutdowns, SPN's latest polling reveals what Americans think about state budget solutions and federal relief.

This data is from Heart + Mind Strategies’ latest Coronavirus Tracking Poll, which was conducted on September 2-3, 2020. This was an online quantitative survey. In total, a sample of n=1,008 interviews were conducted.

Across the nation, governors and local leaders are dealing with an estimated FY20 and FY21 state and local revenue shortfall of $280 billion as the result of shutdowns to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

State Policy Network is working with Heart + Mind Strategies to track the American public through this time of upheaval and change, including Americans’ reactions to state budget challenges and federal coronavirus relief. The most recent poll, fielded on September 2-3, asked the following.

American attitudes toward state budget relief

States that have long been responsible with their budgets should not have to pay more in taxes to bail out states that made poor and unsustainable financial decisions long before the coronavirus outbreak.

American attitudes by party

What Americans think should be done

How should states manage budget deficits as a result of lost revenues and the costs of battling the coronavirus?

About this polling

State Policy Network is working with Heart + Mind Strategies to track the American public’s opinions through this time of upheaval and change. The Heart + Mind Strategies’ Coronavirus Tracking Poll has been fielded weekly since March 18-19, 2020. In June, the polling schedule shifted to bi-weekly, with the most recent field dates of September 2-3, 2020, informing this article. This was an online quantitative survey. In total, a sample of n=1,008 interviews were conducted.

Organization: State Policy Network