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South Dakota Voters' Views on Medicaid Expansion

Strong support for expansion of Medicaid access to low income residents

Results from our recent study of South Dakota voters age 50 and older found that they overwhelmingly consider Medicaid an important safety net for low-income residents in the state and express consistent support for expanding access to those who earn less than $18,000 per year. Large majorities of South Dakota voters across party lines also consider it important for South Dakota state lawmakers to bring an estimated $1.3 billion in South Dakota tax dollars back from Washington, DC over the next five years to expand Medicaid health care in their state. Two-thirds of South Dakota voters say they are extremely or very likely to vote to expand Medicaid health care to their fellow residents who earn under $18,000 a year.

Methodology

The South Dakota Medicaid Expansion survey was conducted by phone September 13–28, 2021 with a total sample of 1,000 South Dakota registered voters ages 50-plus.  All data are weighted by age and gender to accurately reflect the population of registered voters in South Dakota ages 50-plus from the sample source.

For more information, please contact Teresa A. Keenan at tkeenan@aarp.org. For media inquiries, please contact External Relations at media@aarp.org.

 

Suggested citation:

Keenan, Teresa A. South Dakota Voters' Views on Medicaid Expansion. Washington, DC: AARP Research, December 2021. https://doi.org/10.26419/res.00499.001

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