A survey of registered voters 18+ in Washington reveals that a majority of Washington voters support WA Cares. Support for the program increases as people learn more about the specific features of WA Cares and how it differs from what is currently available from private long-term care insurers.
Overall, 51% of voters support the WA Cares Fund, 33% oppose, and 15% were not sure of their support or opposition.
However, after hearing about five features of the Fund, many say they were somewhat more or much more likely to support it.
Most voters would prefer to receive care at home instead of a nursing home if they or a loved one needed long-term care. However, voters appear unsure of exactly what will help them pay for long-term care stay.
Only 4% could correctly identify which of seven options would help pay for a long-term stay in a nursing home. Similarly, only 3% could correctly identify which of seven options would help pay for home visits from a paid caregiver.
Just over half of voters had heard about the WA Cares Fund, and of these about eight in 10 were at least somewhat familiar with it.
This AARP Washington survey of registered voters 18 years and older who reside in Washington was conducted from August 10, 2021 through August 24, 2021. The data are weighted by age and gender according to the sample source.
Guengerich, Terri. Long-Term Care in Washington: Opinions about the WA Cares Fund - 2021 AARP Survey of Washington State Adults Ages 18 and Older. Washington, DC: AARP Research, October 2021. https://doi.org/10.26419/res.00498.001
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