New Polling: GOP Medicaid Blockade Could Cost Republicans in November

MoveOn Urges Democrats to Go on Offense on Health Care and Hold Republicans Accountable for Standing Between 5 Million and Health Care through Medicaid

WASHINGTON, D.C.–New polling data released today shows that Republican governors in Maine, Kansas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Florida, as well as Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in Virginia and Kentucky, are trailing their Democratic opponents — and that expanding access to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is a winning issue in each of the states.

“Around the country, and in every state, voters strongly support expanding Medicaid to millions of people without access to affordable health care,” said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action. “If Republicans stopped standing between millions of Americans and Medicaid, families could immediately gain access to the health care that they desperately need, while saving states money in the long run. Come Election Day, voters will punish Republicans for playing politics with people’s lives and reward Democrats who run aggressively on closing the Medicaid gap.”

The surveys, conducted in April 1-3 by Public Policy Polling (PPP), were commissioned by MoveOn.org Political Action. They found that large percentages of likely voters thought that their state should accept federal Medicaid expansion dollars, and that voters were significantly less likely to vote for Republican candidates who oppose Medicaid expansion.

In Maine, PPP’s poll showed Gov. Paul LePage (R-ME) trailing Democratic nominee Mike Michaud 37% to 44% and that 57% of Maine voters think that state should accept federal Medicaid expansion dollars. View the full polling data for Maine here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/216793783/Maine-Medicaid-Polling-Results

In Kansas, the poll found Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS) trailing gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis 41% to 45% and that 55% of Kansas voters think that the state should accept federal Medicaid expansion dollars. View the full polling data for Kansas here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/216793665/Kansas-Medicaid-Polling-Results

In Georgia, PPP found Gov. Nathan Deal (R-GA) trailing Democratic nominee Jason Carter 42% to 43% and that 54% of Georgia voters think that the state should accept federal Medicaid expansion dollars. View the polling data for Georgia here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/216793581/Georgia-Medicaid-Polling-Results

In Pennsylvania, the poll found Gov. Tom Corbett (R-PA) trailing a generic potential Democratic candidate 34% to 56%, and that 59% of Pennsylvania voters think that state should accept federal Medicaid expansion dollars. View the polling data for Pennsylvania here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/216793804/Pennsylvania-Medicaid-Polling-Results

In Florida, the poll showed Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) trailing likely Democratic nominee Charlie Crist 42% to 49%, and that 58% of Florida voters think that the state should accept federal Medicaid expansion dollars. View the polling data for Florida here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/216793495/Florida-Medicaid-Polling-Results

In Kentucky, PPP found Sen. Mitch McConnell trailing Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes 44% to 45%. The survey also found that 53% of Kentucky voters thought that the state was right to have accepted federal Medicaid expansion dollars. View the polling data for Kentucky here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/216793719/Kentucky-Medicaid-Polling-Results

In Virginia, PPP found Sen. Mark Warner far ahead of Republican challenger Ed Gillespie, by a margin of 49% to 35%. Forty-nine percent of voters support expanding the Medicaid program, with 43% opposed. http://www.scribd.com/doc/216793874/Virginia-Medicaid-Polling-Results 

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