New Poll: Public Supports Medicaid Expansion

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RALEIGH—Progress North Carolina Action today released the results of a new public opinion survey that shows strong support for Medicaid expansion among North Carolina voters. While many voters were not aware of the issue, once they are presented with the facts and arguments from both sides, North Carolina voters were decisively on the side of Medicaid expansion.

According to the poll:

  • Two-thirds support accepting federal funds to expand access to health care;
  • 78% are more likely to support a candidate for office that votes to accept federal funds for Medicaid expansion; and
  • Only 18% say Gov. McCrory should continue his opposition to Medicaid expansion.

Despite North Carolina’s rejection of federal funds for Medicaid expansion in 2013, our state lawmakers could decide to accept funds in 2014 or later. That means this issue isn’t going anywhere. In the meantime, lawmakers will have to live with the consequences of their decisions.

“Gov. McCrory and state lawmakers will continue to get an earful from patient advocates, medical professionals, and the uninsured that they’ve turned their back on,” said Gerrick Brenner, Executive Director of Progress NC Action. “But they have a chance to make things right next year. North Carolina should move quickly to accept federal funds in 2014 to expand access to health care to the uninsured.”

The results of the poll, conducted by Hamilton Campaigns, as well as a messaging memo are attached. The data presented in this master questionnaire represent an online survey of 405 registered voters in the state of North Carolina. Data collection from an online panel occurred March 18 – 21, 2013.

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