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October 26, 2014 05:30 PM

KELO TV/Argus Leader Poll: Expanding Medicaid

Sioux Falls, SD

There are a number of big issues this election year, but there are also big issues that people won't be voting on next week, like Medicaid.

We asked 800 registered voters across the state if they would support or oppose expanding Medicaid coverage in South Dakota to include those not covered under the provisions of the recently enacted federal health care reform law?

"I definitely feel we need to expand Medicaid in South Dakota, I think it'll help a lot of people who really struggle with their healthcare costs, I think it'll help strengthen individuals in our society, people who are on Medicaid aren't just people who aren't working or don't do something to contribute to society, they're hard working people who had bad things happen to them from health reasons," Matt Barker said.

"I know it's going to be biased, but I think for the most part I think it's good to help families who do need that assistance," Jake Gourley said.

"I think what we're starting to see in some of the states that have already expanded it that there are more benefits than costs to it, it would be foolish for us not to expand it," David Starks said.

According to our scientific poll of those who responded, 45 percent support expanding Medicaid, while 37 percent oppose it. 18 percent are undecided.

When you break down the numbers by political party, 73 percent of the Democrats favor expanding Medicaid, while only 25 percent of the Republicans support it. 40 percent of the Independents in our poll favor it as well.

You can take a closer look at the numbers by clicking here.

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