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2013 AARP Survey of 18+ Ohio Registered Voters on Medicaid Expansion

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.

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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