pdf-political attitudes and the great recession

By Lane Kenworthy, University of Arizona

and Lindsay Owens, Stanford University

Political Attitudes, Public Opinion, and the Great Recession

Has the Great Recession altered American views about business, finance, government, opportunity, inequality, and fairness? Has it changed the public's preferences regarding the appropriate role of government in regulating the economy and helping the less fortunate? Has it shifted political orientations or party allegiances? The purpose of this recession brief is to examine whether such opinions have changed during the Great Recession and prior recessions as much as it's often assumed.

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