The AARP Ohio State Office commissioned a survey to explore the views of age 18+ registered voters on expanding the Medicaid program in the state.
Key findings include:
Nearly seven in ten (68%) Ohio registered voters age 18+ believe that Medicaid is an important government program and nearly half (48%) believe they or someone they know will need it in the future.
- 68% say Medicaid is extremely or very important compared to other government programs while 20% say Medicaid is somewhat important. Only 8% say that it is not very or not at all important.
- 48% say either they or someone they know is extremely or very likely to need Medicaid coverage at some point in the future, and another 23% say this need is somewhat likely.
Many (58%) Ohio registered voters age 18+ support expanding Medicaid to cover adults with no children who earn up to $15,000 a year.
- 56% say they would support Medicaid expansion knowing that currently adults with no young children who earn $15,000 a year and do not qualify for Medicaid benefits would qualify for benefits
The results are based on a telephone survey fielded March 13 to March 16, 2013 of 1,000 18+ Ohio registered voters. The interviews were weighted to reflect the age, and gender proportions of the 45+ population in Ohio. This report is based on 1,000 weighted responses. For more information, contact Aisha Bonner at firstname.lastname@example.org.