Seventy-eight percent of Tennesseans support Insure Tennessee
Majorities across demographic, geographic and ideological lines favor bill
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 6, 2016) — The spotlight has been cast on a two-year pilot program called Insure Tennessee. The legislation, sponsored by Gov. Bill Haslam, would provide health care coverage to more than 200,000 low-income Tennesseans who currently do not have access to health insurance.
According to a new poll by leading civic tech solution icitizen, Insure Tennessee is widely supported by registered voters statewide. In all, nearly eight in ten (78%) support the legislation, including 43% who support the legislation “strongly.” This is compared to just 22% who oppose the legislation (eight percent oppose “strongly”). Eight in ten women and three-fourths of men support the bill.
“Insure Tennessee sees widespread support across political, ideological and geographic lines in the state,” said icitizen Director of Research and Polling Dr. Mark Keida. “Majorities of Democrats (96%), Independents (76%) and Republicans (68%) support Insure Tennessee, as do those earning less than $50,000 per year (82%) and across the state (East, 81%; Middle, 78%; West, 75%). Constituent sentiment shows commanding support for this bill, and when it is brought to the floor for a full vote, representatives will know exactly where residents stand on this pressing issue.”
A majority still supported Insure Tennessee even after they were exposed to messages supporting and opposing the bill. Among supporters of Insure Tennessee, 30% say they would be less likely to support the bill after hearing it would expand “Obamacare” and that all of the costs would be paid by the federal government and local hospitals (39% say they would be “more likely” to support it, and 31% say it “makes no difference”).
This is compared to 68% of opponents who say they would be even less likely to support the bill after hearing this information (6% say “more likely” to support and 26% say “no difference”). Even if the 30% of Insure Tennessee supporters switched to opposing the bill, and no opponents changed position - an extreme case - a 55% majority of Tennessee voters would still support passing Insure Tennessee.
“This poll underscores the depth of support for the bill among Tennesseans,” Keida said. “It is not surprising to see this reflected in the professional community, too. There is widespread support from liberal, conservative and business groups, including the Tennessee Hospital Association, the Tennessee Business Coalition and the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce. A citizen-funded campaign run by the Coalition for Insure Tennessee is also pushing lawmakers to act on this legislation today.”
icitizen conducted a survey of 513 registered Tennessee voters, age 18 and older. The survey was conducted from April 1-4, 2016. Data were balanced by age, gender and region to reflect the composition of registered voters in Tennessee. The survey was conducted online among icitizen users and supplemented with an opt-in online sample. The margin of error for the full sample is +/- 4.3, and higher for subgroups. For more information on this poll and methodology, please contact email@example.com.
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