A recent survey of Mississippi registered voters age 50 and older found that one-third believe it is extremely or very likely that they, or someone they know, may lose health care coverage due to cost or job loss, and another fifth believe it is somewhat likely. Mississippi voters age 50 and over overwhelmingly consider Medicaid important to themselves and their fellow residents and express strong support for expanding access to those who earn less than $18,000 per year. Favorability toward state lawmakers appears to mirror support for Medicaid expansion, with six in 10 Mississippi voters saying they would be extremely or very favorable toward a lawmaker who voted to expand Medicaid health care to Mississippi residents who earn under $18,000 a year.
The Mississippi Medicaid Expansion survey was conducted by phone September 20–October 6, 2021 with a total sample of 1,200 Mississippi registered voters age 50-plus. An oversample was used to increase the number of respondents age 50-plus who live in rural counties within the state. All data are weighted by age, gender, and race to accurately reflect the population of registered voters in Mississippi age 50-plus from the sample source. The Mississippi rural counties oversample segment of the survey was weighted by age, gender, and race to reflect registered voter population of rural counties within Mississippi, based on the population of registered voters age 50-plus from the sample source.