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Poll: Governor's race tight; Medicaid expansion will be an issue

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A new poll shows the race for Kansas governor remains tight.

The poll showed Democrat Paul Davis of Lawrence leading Republican Gov. Sam Brownback 45 percent to 41 percent, with 14 percent unsure. The poll's margin of error was plus or minus 3.3 percentage points. It was conducted April 1-3, before the contentious last weekend of the legislative session.

The poll, commissioned by the left-leaning MoveOn.org's political action committee, also shows that 52 percent of Kansans want the state to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage while 35 percent oppose it and 13 percent are unsure.

Under the Affordable Care Act, states can increase income eligibility to allow more people to receive health care coverage under Medicaid.

Medicaid provides coverage for the needy and disabled. Under the ACA, federal funds would pay 100 percent of the cost of expansion for three years and no less than 90 percent after that.

Supporters of expansion of Medicaid say it would help thousands of Kansans who earn too much to be eligible for Medicaid or to receive premium tax credit assistance under the ACA to purchase private insurance.

There are 182,000 Kansans within that gap, according to a study by the Kansas Health Institute. Of that number, 78,400 have no insurance, the study said.

Brownback and the Republican-led Kansas Legislature have refused to expand coverage. Brownback has said he fears the federal government won't keep its funding promise.

A bill approved by the Legislature and awaiting consideration by Brownback would ban indefinitely expansion of Medicaid.

According to the new poll, when told that Davis wants to expand Medicaid, 39 percent of those polled said that made them more likely to vote for him, while 34 percent said less likely.

When told that Brownback opposes expansion of Medicaid, 33 percent said that made them more likely to vote for him while 41 percent said that it made them less likely.

The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling surveyed 886 likely voters in Kansas. Fifty-two percent of those polled identified themselves as Republican, 30 percent Democrat, and 18 percent independent.

Comments

Clayton Barker 8 months, 1 week ago

Seriously? PPP a liberal polling agency is paid by MoveOn.org a hyper liberal group to do a poll. Remember PPP predicted an easy Dem win in FL-13? Their methods have been lampooned by the liberal media:

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114682/ppp-polling-methodology-opaque-flawed

http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/09/nate-silver-calls-out-ppp-172399.html

This is apparently the only polling firm on earth that thinks Davis is ahead. You should refer to them as the "controversial and unreliable firm"

Oh, and did you notice that in every poll PPP released today the Dem was- surprise - ahead.

James Howlette 8 months, 1 week ago

PPP was hired by a liberal group, yes, but they've had a reasonable track record when it comes to predicting election outcomes. In fact, they were the most accurate polling agency in the 2012 election. The link you're showing with Politico shows that actually they pulled a poll because they were surprised by the result and thought it must be wrong in one of the Colorado recall elections. Turns out they were dead on, even though on paper, that district shouldn't have gone in that direction. Angry people voted, and everyone else stayed home.

In this case, they're not pulling a poll. They're releasing it. It's a snapshot of a moment, and things may change by the time election rolls around, but denial won't actually help you any here. Brownback really is in trouble. His policies have not been popular, and there might just be enough angry voters showing up in November to oust him.

Thomas Bryce 8 months, 1 week ago

From the Polls I looked at, Most of them Had Brownback and Davis statistically dead even and only a few with Davis slightly ahead. I could not find one where Brownback is ahead even slightly. Considering Name Recognition does not favor Davis, I would say Brownback and Co. should be worried, and from the looks of their most recent actions, I would say They Are!

Richard Heckler 8 months, 1 week ago

The GOP objectives at the city level, state level and congressional level of government are:

Killing public Education = handing over to private industry

Killing Medicare Insurance = handing over to private industry

Killing Medicaid Insurance = handing over to private industry

Killing Social Security Insurance = handing over to private industry

All of the above are victims of private industry as we speak. Most people know that private industry has long history of committing fraud against government funded services frequently.

In Addition to Killing the USA wage scale, union or not, at the expense of the USA economy through furthering the promotion of the Job Killing New World Order Global Economy

All the above financed somehow with OUR TAX DOLLARS = no risk and profits guaranteed

http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/alec-the-voice-of-corporate-special-interests-state-legislatures#Voter

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/the_united_states_of_alec_bill

Steve King 8 months, 1 week ago

So Clayton you like Brownback? Seriously?

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