Majority of Americans have favorable opinion of Medicaid: survey

Most Americans have a favorable opinion of Medicaid, a survey from Morning Consult and the Modern Medicaid Alliance found. 

The survey included 10,026 registered voters, and results were weighted by gender, age, educational attainment, race, marital status, home ownership, race by educational attainment, 2020 presidential vote and region. The poll was conducted from Aug. 8 to 14, and the Modern Medicaid Alliance released the results Oct. 3. Read more about the methodology here.

Of the survey's respondents, 34 percent said they had a very favorable opinion of Medicaid, and 42 percent said they had a somewhat favorable opinion of the program. Fewer than 25 percent of the respondents had an unfavorable opinion or no opinion — 10 percent said they had a somewhat unfavorable opinion of Medicaid and 4 percent said their opinion was very unfavorable. 

An additional 10 percent said they had heard of Medicaid but had no opinion on the program. 

Favorability for the program was split among income status. Among respondents making $50,000 or less annually, 40 percent said they had a very favorable opinion. This number dropped to 28 percent among those making more than $100,000 a year. 

The survey also asked Americans if they would favor cutting funding for Medicaid programs. The majority of the respondents were opposed to cutting funding for the program — 19 percent said they would somewhat oppose this and 48 percent said they would strongly oppose it.

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