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Poll: Virginians split over expanding Medicaid

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 28, 2013 at 11:08 am •  Published: March 28, 2013
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Twenty-two states have agreed to Medicaid expansion, and at least 13 have rejected it. In Virginia, the Republican governor and the GOP-dominated legislature grudgingly agreed to expansion, but only after meeting McDonnell's exacting demands for waivers from the federal government to implement reforms that cut Medicaid's rocketing costs to the state. Under those conditions, expansion in Virginia is unlikely until at least the middle of 2014.

This fall's gubernatorial election could change that, however, and that's why the public attitudes reflected in the independent poll results command attention.

Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has said Virginia should opt out of Medicaid expansion. As recently as Friday, he issued an official but nonbinding ruling that a legislative commission responsible for ensuring that the reforms are achieved and allowing expansion to proceed is unconstitutional.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe supports Medicaid expansion.

Neither candidate is opposed for his party's nomination.

On other issues, Quinnipiac found that 60 percent support a new state law that prevents public disclosure of information contained in applications for permits to carry concealed weapons or orders granting the permits. The records have been open for public inspection.

It also found that about three times more people support Virginia's newly passed transportation funding reform bill than oppose it, but a majority of those surveyed — 55 percent — knew too little about the measure to offer an opinion.

And for the first time since President Barack Obama's re-election victory in Virginia last fall, a greater percentage disapproves of his performance than those who approve. Obama's job approval rating has slid since February's poll found 51 percent approving to 46 percent disapproving. Those figures now stand at 45 percent approval versus 49 percent disapproval.

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See the Quinnipiac Poll: http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling